The nurse will determine the severity of the infestation (live lice or just nits) and the parent/guardian will be notified via phone, email, and/or a note sent home with the student (see “Head Lice Screen Information for Parents”). Based on the infestation, the nurse will determine if the child is so uncomfortable that they should go home or if the child can remain in school. The parent/guardian will be provided with information on biology of head lice, methods to eliminate infestation, and directions to examine household contacts for lice and nits and that the student must check in first with the school nurse upon returning to schoolthe next day. Continued on following page:Page No. 3L.O. 7/25/2019
SWAMPSCOTT PUBLIC SCHOOLSHealth ServicesIf only nits are detected, the student will remain in his/her classroom for the remainder of the school day. The school nurse will perform a targeted screening of the students most likely to have had direct head to head contact with the affected student (especially recent sleepovers). Parents/guardians will be referred to their health care provider for follow up if there are positive findings, or lice are resistant to treatment. If three or four students in one class are affected, all classmates will be checked by the nurse. A class wide alert, at nurse’s descretion via paper, e-mail or ConnectEd will be sent home (see “Notes from the Nurse” classroom letter). UPON STUDENTS RETURN TO SCHOOL:Examine student’s hair for presence of lice at the beginning of school. Student is required to be live lice free to return to school the next day. Allow student to remain in school if no presence of live lice. A student may remain in school if only nits are found.ADDITIONAL INFORMATION RELATING TO HEAD LICEParents/guardians will be encouraged to verify treatment as soon as possible afternotification. Parents will be given instructions on how to check their child’s hair daily for at least 2-3 weeks after discovery. Removing nits EVERY day for 3 weeks is the most effective treatment.Students will be discouraged from direct head to head contact with other students. The school nurse will provide education to staff regarding how to handle nits and/or live lice in the classroom, as needed. The most common means of transmission is through physical/direct (head to head) contact. Indirect transmission is uncommon, but may occur from shared combs, brushes, hats, and hair accessories that have been in contact with an infected person. Schools are not a common source of transmission. Lice prefer clean hair because it is easier to attach to the hair shaft to lay their eggs.Staff will maintain the privacy of students identified as being infected with head lice.
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