Throughout your child’s education the school will be arranging head lice inspections of children.
The management of head lice infection works best when all children are involved in our screening program. When the Principal Team is notified of an infestation, they will determine the appropriate action to be taken.
The school is aware that this can be a sensitive issue and is committed to maintaining child confidentiality and avoiding stigmatisation.
A notice may be forwarded home requesting checks or a check may be authorised immediately.
The inspections of children will be conducted by a trained person approved by the Principal Team.
Before any inspections are conducted, the person conducting the inspections will explain to all children what is being done and why it will be emphasised to the children that the presence of head lice in their hair does not mean that their hair is less clean or well kept than anyone else’s. It will also be pointed out that head lice can be itchy and annoying and if you know you have them, you can do something about it.
The person conducting the inspections will check through each child’s hair to see if any lice or eggs are present. This will be done either in the First Aid Room or discreetly in the classroom.
In cases where head lice are found, the person inspecting the child will confidentially inform the child’s teacher and a member of the Principal Team. The office staff will make appropriate contact with the parents.
Please note that health regulations requires that where a child has head lice, that child should not return to the school until the day after the appropriate treatment has commenced.
The school will request the completion of an “action taken form”, which requires parents to nominate if and when the treatment has started.