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Head Lice Update

Weston Public Schools relies on current standards of public health, scientific research and evidenced-based practices to guide its practices related to communicable health.  Current public health standards and recommendations indicate that effective control of head lice requires routine screenings and management at home as key factors.

Head lice do not cause disease and when first identified on a head, have usually been a resident there for a few weeks.  They are very annoying, an inconvenience and can sometimes be difficult to get rid of, but they are not dangerous or a health threat.  Head lice are usually well-controlled when managed through mechanical or chemical means, or a combination of both, and appropriate house-keeping techniques to eliminate re-infestation.  (See websites below)  Please contact your child’s healthcare provider for his/her recommendations.

In keeping with current standards and research, mass screenings for head lice are no longer conducted in our schools.  Rather, our emphasis is on prevention through parental education and home/school communication and collaboration.  Not only are mass screenings ineffective, but they cause students to lose significant instructional time and often result in misdiagnosed cases and lead to considerable stigma for children who are sent home in the middle of the day.

Please remember that rapid communication with the school nurse is the most critical element to prevent the spread of head lice at school, at sleepovers and at other community events.  Therefore, should your child be found to have head lice, please inform your school nurse.  The information you provide is confidential and names of affected students are never shared with other families.  Your nurse will send out a letter to the classroom when she does find an active case of head lice on a student.

If you have any further questions, please call your child’s school nurse.  For more information on Head lice, click on the following links.


American Academy of Pediatrics:
http://aappolicy.aappublications.org/cgi/reprint/pediatrics;110/3/638.pdf

Harvard Medical School:
http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/headlice.html#children

Penn State:
http://paipm.cas.psu.edu/878.htm

School Nurse:
http://www.schoolnurse.com/med_info/lice_scientific.html



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