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If your child plays a sport at TCCS, they will complete an online Impact test at the beginning of the season. If they sustain a head injury, they will do a post injury test. The results can assist the student's physician in determining ongoing care for the student.
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Head Lice In The Classroom
Head lice is a problem among many schools in many different areas and across many different socioeconomic levels. My plan is to educate students, families, and staff and to try to keep our children in school. When a child has live lice, they are not to attend school and this in turn affects their education.
If your child has head lice:
You should take the following steps:
You should take the following steps:
- Inspect all family members. Treat only those with live lice or many eggs [called nits]. Nits are tiny, white to grey in color, and are “glued” onto the hair close to the scalp.
- The recommended treatment is a cream rinse containing Permethrin [Brand name Nix] or you may use a lice shampoo containing Pyrethrins such as Rid. Wash hair with shampoo without conditioner and towel dry. Apply Nix as directed – do not dilute it. Do not leave on longer than directed, doing so does not increase the effectiveness.
- Remove all nits. Lice products do not kill all nits. A metal pronged comb works best and is available at pharmacies. It can be washed and boiled prior to reuse. This comb does not always work on very fine hair, you may need to pull the nits off using your fingernails. I would recommend repeating this process daily as there may be nits that have been missed.
- Wash clothes and bedding in hot water and dry in a hot dryer. Vacuum carpets and furniture. Lice spray for furniture is not advised, it is a pesticide. Wash combs and brushes in hot soapy water. Bag stuffed animals for 2 weeks.
- Pregnant and nursing women should not use lice products. Do not use lice products on infants. Check with your Doctor.
- If the child is re-infested or still has nits it is recommended to repeat the treatment in 7-10 days. Read the box instructions.
Before your child returns to school....
- All live lice must have been removed. We strongly recommend that all nits be removed as well.
- Students must be brought to school by a parent or guardian to have his/her hair checked before going to class.
- The student will be checked for evidence of lice weekly for the next 2 weeks.
If head lice was found in your child's classroom...
- We recommend that you thoroughly screen your child for head lice, because head lice can be spread among children who engage in behaviors such as sharing combs, brushes and hats. If live lice or nits are found, your child should be treated with a pediculicide to kill the lice AND you should perform extensive combing to remove the nits.
- Home head lice checks should be part of routine personal hygiene and are recommended to identify early, easily treatable infestation. Wash coats, backpacks and hats frequently. Vacuum rugs and furniture and change bed linens and wash regularly in the hottest water possible.
- Please work with your school personnel to help attain a louse-free, education-oriented environment. If you need any additional information, please contact the health office.