Letter From West Haven School Health Services

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West Haven School Health Services
Notice to Parents

 


 

Dear Parent or Guardian:

 

We want to make you aware of a “pesky” situation that affects schools around the country.  Pediculosis, or head lice, affects approximately 6 to 12 million children yearly.   Our goal is to provide you with the information you need.

Head lice are not a sign of poor hygiene and they do not transmit disease. They can be spread from one child to another during direct head to head contact or by sharing personal items such as combs, brushes, caps or helmets.

Our procedure for school is based on recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics.  “Screening for…nits or lice has not been proven to have a significant effect on the incidence of head lice in a school….classroom or school-wide screening should be strongly discouraged.”

 (American Academy of Pediatrics Policy on Head Lice, School Control Measure).

Notices about individual cases of lice will not be sent home every time the school becomes aware.  Should there be unusual numbers of head lice, you will receive a notice.  As lice can occur any time of the year, you should check your child periodically.  Additional information can be found on the School Health Services Website.