NORTHFIELD BOARD OF EDUCATION FILE CODE: 5141 Northfield, New Jersey
PROCEDURES FOR THE DETECTION AND PREVENTION OF PEDICULOSIS
A. When the school nurse receives a report of pediculosis (head lice) from a parent the following steps are taken:
- The class of the affected student is checked using gloves and wooden sticks to part and inspect the hair. At no time does an ungloved hand touch the students’ head.
- Any siblings of the affected student are checked if they are present in school. If they are found to be infested, the parent is called and the student is excluded from school. The entire class of that student is then checked.
- When the parent arrives to sign the student out of school printed information regarding treatment and control in the home is liven to the parent.
- Upon return to school, the parent; who has been previously instructed, bring the student into the health office to be checked before entering the classroom. If the child is found to still have nits they are sent home with instructions to thoroughly comb out the nits until the hair is nit free. We do not encourage another treatment but instruct the parent to follow the directions on the product they used.
B. When a case is found in school:
- The parent is called and notified.
- The parent is informed that the student is excluded from school until a treatment has been administered and the students’ head is combed out
- Printed information regarding the treatment and prevention of pediculosis is given to the parent.
- The class in which the student is a member is checked along with any siblings in the school.
- The student is checked upon return to school.
Letters are sent home through the main office after the principal is notified. There are two letters one that states that a case of pediculosis has been found in our school and the other an informative letter aimed at the prevention of pediculosis. The maintenance department is informed for the thorough cleaning of the classroom.