School head lice policies can vary from town to town and county to county. Woodmere and Valley Stream do not enforce “no nit” policies, however it is always prudent to check with your child’s health services department for the procedures in your area.
HEWLET-WOODMERE SCHOOL DISTRICT
“Head lice - If your child has lice or nits, it must be reported to the nurse’s office immediately. The rest of the class will be checked to contain the possible spread of lice. If a case of head lice is found, a notice will be sent home to the class advising parents to check their family for lice. All cases of lice are kept confidential.”
Source: Hewlet Woodmere Public Schools
VALLEY STREAM DISTRICT
“Notifying parents is a courtesy and not required; it is this district’s policy policy to inform parents of an outbreak. The district does not have a “no nit” policy and students may return as long as they have had an initial treatment.”
“We have had one case of head lice reported in our district within the last month. If you find head lice, don’t worry or be embarrassed. Head lice are a normal part of childhood – head lice infestations number somewhere between 12 and 25 million each year and target primarily younger children, under age 12.
If you're a parent you probably know what a hassle it is to treat head lice and just how frustrating it can be when your child comes home scratching their head yet again. Johns Hopkins Children’s Center wants to remind everyone that the “yuck” factor notwithstanding, head lice are a nuisance, not a health threat. The fall and winter seasons are when the most cases of head lice are reported.
But parents can fight the spread of head lice by working together:
- Check your family's hair for lice regularly - once a week is ideal!
- Visit your local pharmacist for guidance on the various treatments available.
- Get treatment for you or your family as soon as you find live lice.
- Let your friends and family know as soon as you’ve found live lice.
The most obvious sign that someone is infested is the presence of lice themselves. Head lice can infest all people, regardless of age, race, social-economic status or hygiene practices.
TREATMENT AND MANAGEMENT
- Careful inspection of the hair and scalp to identify lice.
- Use of pediculicidal (head lice) product or an alternative therapy.
- The manual removal of nits (eggs)
- The cleaning of personal items and the environment.
- Daily checks of the hair and scalp.”
For more information please go to: www.Headlice.org
Source: Valley Stream Health & Safety
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