The occurrence of head lice is the most common insect infestation in humans throughout the world. Head lice infestation may affect people of any age, nationality, gender or socio-economic group and they have no preference for cleanliness, hair colour or hair type.
As head lice cause no disease or illness their presence is as much a social issue as a health or educational issue and detection and treatment needs to be addressed in a way that respects the emotional, social and educational development of the child. People’s dignity will be respected and protected at all times.
To help control head lice:
- Should live hatched head lice be detected, the child’s parents will be contacted and asked to pick the child up from school.
- Class families will be advised whenever head lice are detected in their child’s classroom.
- Request parents not to send children back to school until treatment has commenced.
To help control head lice, parents with children at Holy Cross will:
- Take responsibility for the detection and treatment of head lice in their children.
- Ensure children with head lice do not attend school until treatment has commenced.
- Regularly inspect their children’s hair to detect head lice and initiate treatment.
- Notify the school if their child has head lice and advise when treatment has begun.
- Comply with school expectations regarding the treatment of head lice.