School and Day Care administrators have responsiblility to help prevent head lice transmission from infested children to others by:
- Providing an environment where children’s belongings are separated.
- Promoting screening and early detection.
- Ensuring personnel are trained in pediculosis (head lice infestation) screening and education.
- Incorporating head lice education into the general health and hygiene curriculum.
School staff must recognize that all socioeconomic groups can be impacted by a lice infestation and that it is not a sign of poor hygiene. Every effort must be made to protect the child from becoming self-conscious and suffering emotionally.
Teachers are often first to identify a possible head lice case in the classroom, so it is imperative they understand the transmission and treatment protocol, so they can communicate it discreetly to parents or guardians. They are encouraged to educate caregivers on head lice treatment and should advocate that the only way to prevent lice recurrence is to use a product that eliminates nits and lice, but also detaches the nits from the hair, without any toxic chemicals or pesticides.
To further aid schools in helping to prevent head lice transmission in their classrooms, teachers should take the following steps:
- Ensure that coats are hung separately and spaced a minimum of 12-18 inches apart so that they do not touch.
- Make sure hats, mittens, scarves, and other accessories, are tucked into coat sleeves.
- Each child should have his or her own storage place for mats, towels or other items brought from home.
- Carpeted floors should be vacuumed daily. Tile and linoleum floors should be swept daily.
- Limit the use of “Dress-up corners” with shared smocks, hats, etc. They can facilitate the spread of lice during periods of known head lice cases in the school.
- Observe children for symptoms of head lice infestation. Early detection will limit the spread.
- As part of the health and hygiene curriculum, children should be taught basic information regarding head lice such as:
- The importance of using only his or her own hair care items;
- The importance of not sharing other children’s hats and scarves and mittens.
- Distribute educational materials as needed to parents. These can be downloaded from at (osmotherapeutics.com).
- When a lice infestation occurs in a classroom, each child should be sent home with a sealed envelope of appropriate information for parents regarding the status of their child. This might help to maintain anonymity for the infested child(ren).
In times of head lice infestations, school administrators, teachers and nurses should check their email and phone messages diligently, and to be responsive to parents and caregivers’ questions. The school should be the first source of information to a family who has no experience when dealing with pediculosis.
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