SPRING HAS ARRIVED IN FONTANA, DOES THAT MEAN MORE HEAD LICE? THE ANSWER IS YES!
Although, Fontana does not see the extreme temperature swings seen in other parts of the country, spring and summer still invite more children to play outdoors with each other. This in turn leads to the increased incidence of head lice.
We frequently receive phone calls from parents whose children are going to a party, or are having a party, or went to a party with other children who are likely to have head lice. They are concerned about their children and want to know how lice are transmitted, how likely it is for lice to be transmitted to their child, and how do you prevent lice from being transmitted? Basically they want to know if they should keep their child home from the party or if it is safe for their child to go to the party.
The reason for that is that head lice are found primarily where their name suggests: on the head. They do not like to linger on seats or beds or your suitcase as they will starve without human blood (their food source). The chance of getting head lice from a hotel bed, where new sheets are present, is almost zero.
Lice do not like to reside off the human head as the ambient temperature is not appropriate and their food source is not there. Lice can survive off the head only for a matter of hours. If someone has lice and a bug falls off the head (not likely) onto a bed at home, there is a slight chance that if someone sits on the bed, he or she will get lice. In a hotel room, where the room is cleaned between guests and the sheets are changed on the bed, the chances of contracting lice diminish even further.
Many schools in the Inland Empire maintain a strict "no nit" policy, and Fontana schools are no exception. Children with head lice and nits are not permitted in school. It is important for parents to check with their children's school to be sure that your child is ready to return to school. The head lice policy within the Inland Empire is relatively strict compared to other school districts across the country that are moving toward less stringent guidelines and allowing kids with some nits back into school after they have been treated.
“School employees shall report all suspected cases of head lice to the school nurse or designee as soon as possible. The nurse or designee shall examine the student and any siblings of affected students or members of the same household. If active adult head lice are found, the student shall be allowed to stay in school until the parent/guardian arrive to pick up student. The parents/ guardians of any such student shall be informed about recommended treatment procedures, ways to check the hair, and sources of further information.
The Irvine Unified School District is committed to providing a safe and healthy learning environment for students. Pediculosis, also known as head lice, is a common condition in schools that contributes to absenteeism. These guidelines should help to prevent the spread of head lice within our school community.