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Headlice

Head Lice-It is expected that parents/carers and families of children attending this school ensure that:

 

Children’s hair will be checked for head lice at home, using the recommended conditioner/combing detection method; 

  • Your child does not attend school with untreated head lice;
  • Regularly inspect all household members and then treat them if necessary;
  • Parents/Carers will notify the school if their child is found to have live lice and advise when appropriate treatment was commenced;
  • Use only safe and recommended practices to treat head lice;
  • Maintain a sympathetic attitude and avoid stigmatising/blaming families who are experiencing difficulty with control measures;
  • Act responsibly and respectfully when dealing with members of the school and broader community especially around issues of head lice.
  • To support parents/carers and the broader school community to achieve a consistent, collaborative approach to head lice management the school will undertake to:

Distribute up to date and accurate information on the detection, treatment and control of head lice to parents and staff;

  • Include information and updates in school newsletters;
  • Provide practical advice and maintain a sympathetic attitude and avoid stigmatising/blaming families who are experiencing difficulty with control measures;
  • Access community educational resources and support, such as primary school nurses, community health centres and local government;
  • Accept the advice of parents that appropriate treatment has commenced;
  • Encourage children to learn about head lice so as to help remove any stigma or ‘bullying’ associated with the issue;
  • Be aware of real difficulties some parents may encounter and seek extra support if required;
  • Act responsibly and respectfully when dealing with members of the school and broader community especially around issues of Head Lice;
  • Continue to seek opportunities to increase our collective understanding of and response to managing head lice.
  • There is no requirement for any school to undertake ‘head-lice inspection’ programs.