Pediculosis (head lice) can be common in school-aged children. They are not considered to be a communicable disease and they do not cause illnesses, however they are a nuisance and can spread. Anyone can get them. Head lice spread through direct hair-to-hair contact or indirectly by sharing hats, combs, hairbrushes and headphones. At the school, we look to minimize the incidence of pediculosis by actively directing students to avoid head to head contact while learning or playing, and by discouraging students from using one another’s personal articles and clothing such as, but not limited to, brushes, combs, hats, scarves, coats and headphones. We are asking the Bayview Glen community for your help in reducing the number of incidences of head lice by regularly checking your child’s head for lice. Information on detecting and treating lice can be found on the Canadian Pediatric Society’s Caring for Kids website.
Bayview Glen Public School, in conjunction with Nurse Shelley, will also be offering professional head lice screening services for those who wish. Nurse Shelley is a pre-approved service provider in our school board. Each student will be screened using individual screening sticks and will be examined using professional magnification equipment in a discreet and friendly manner. Needless to say, screening is most effective when as many students participate as possible, and we are seeking your support to maximize participation.
We will be conducting 3 checks throughout the school year, with our first check on October 12th, followed by January 24th and April 5th. If you wish for your child to be screened, a payment of $5.00 is required online by Friday, October 5th, 2018. The payment includes all three lice checks throughout the year.
Please make the payment for each child under their respective SchoolCash Online accounts. We appreciate your participation in minimizing incidences of this nuisance in our school community.