eCommunication 05.02.18 - Headlice

Dear Parent(s)/Guardian(s),

It has come to my attention that some students in the school may have head lice and I seek your cooperation in checking your child’s hair this week.
We are aware that head lice can be a sensitive issue for students and families and we are committed to maintaining confidentiality. The following information is provided by the Department of Education regarding the notification, management and treatment of head lice.

Head Lice
The head louse is a tiny, wingless parasitic insect that lives among human hairs and feeds on tiny amounts of blood drawn from the scalp. Head lice do not transmit infectious diseases – they are transmitted by having head to head contact with someone who has head lice. Head lice are common in school-aged children and are the most adaptable of creatures.

What can you do?
I seek your cooperation in checking your child’s hair and in those instances where head lice or eggs are found, treating your child’s hair. Responsibility for treating and detecting head lice rests mainly with you, as parents.
Please see the attached pamphlet Treating and Controlling Head Lice, from the Department of Human Services. This pamphlet has informative guidelines regarding detecting and treating head lice and eggs.

How do I treat my child for head lice?
The attached pamphlet (as noted above) has informative guidelines regarding detecting and treating head lice and eggs. The Education Department also has additional information available regarding treatment and controlling head lice.

If head lice or eggs are found on your child’s hair you need to inform:

  • the school and advise when the treatment has started.
  • parents or carers of your child’s friends so they too have the opportunity to detect and treat their children if necessary.

When can my child return to school?
Health regulations requires that where a child has head lice, that child should not return to school until the day after appropriate treatment has started. Please note, this refers only to those children who have live head lice and does not refer to head lice eggs.

Regards,
Ms Maria Oddo
PRINCIPAL

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