Forestville Elementary Head Lice Guidelines
Head lice are a recurring infestation that requires a collaborative effort at home, school and community to keep it under control. If you suspect or know that your child has lice, please notify the school nurse so that others may be screened. When the school’s nurse confirms that a student has lice, he or she is sent home for treatment. Only after successful treatment and the school nurse clearance, will a child be allowed to return to school. Your child cannot come back to school until he or she has been treated and is free of all nits (eggs). Parental accompaniment is required during re-entry inspection by school personnel. Head lice are tiny insects about the size of a sesame seed. They can only move from one person to another by head-to-head (hair-to-hair) contact. They cannot jump to another person’s head. Head lice lay eggs which hatch after 7-10 days. It takes about 10 days for a recently hatched louse to grow into an adult and start to lay eggs. Children who get head lice may feel embarrassed or ashamed, but they shouldn’t. Anyone can get head lice. It has nothing to do with being dirty or clean. Lice do not spread disease or illness.
The following guidelines will be implemented at the Elementary School for students identified during school hours to have an active case of head lice (live lice or nits):
• The parent will be notified, provided with written information about lice treatment, and the student will be sent home.
• Upon returning to school following the diagnosis, the student will be permitted to return to the classroom only after treatment confirmation and a lice check by the nurse. A parent or designated adult must accompany their child to the school and confirm that treatment was provided.
• In the elementary school, when a one child is identified to have an active case of lice, all other children in the classroom will be checked.
• In the elementary school, when more than one child is identified to have an active case of lice, written notification will be sent home with all children in the classroom to alert parents/guardians to be vigilant in monitoring for lice in their own children.
• Siblings of students identified with lice will be checked. Unfortunately, mass screenings of all pupils in a classroom and/or school does not control the spread of head lice. Rather, the spread of head lice can be minimized with routine inspection for live head lice and nits by all parents and full treatment of those pupils with live head lice. Encourage children to avoid sharing personal items, such as combs, hats and scarves. Please feel free to contact Mrs. Fiebelkorn our school nurse with any questions.