Jefferson Elementary School sent out an email this week advising parents how to combat and spot head lice.
The school wanted to be “proactive” about reminding parents at the start of the year of a parasite that is easily transmittable and a common problem in schools, said Principal Tim Ayers on Friday. He also stressed there is no issue with head lice at Jefferson Elementary School.
“There is no problem at the school with head lice,” said Ayers. "We did send that out yesterday [Thursday] just as a reminder, which we sent out in the beginning of the year. It was an information sheet for parents.”
The email was advised parents to notify the school immediately if they suspect their child has head lice and urged that students should not share hats, helmets, combs or brushes.
“I need to stress the importance of notifying either myself or
[the school nurse] Ms. [Maryann] Rivera if you think your child may have head
lice,” wrote Ayers in the email sent to parents.
“If you do suspect your child has head lice, I also strongly urge you to see a medical professional as soon as possible,” the email continued.
In addition, an informational fact sheet was attached to the email, which can be found in the photo gallery of this article.
“There is a lot of misinformation out there about it,” said
Ayers on Friday, “that we had the district … put together a medical fact sheet so people
had accurate information.”
Jefferson Elementary School sent the following email to parents this week:
Dear Jefferson Parents:
For your information, I am re-sending an information sheet on head lice that was prepared by the district's physician. Please take a moment to review this information.
I need to stress the importance of notifying either myself or Ms. Rivera if you think your child may have head lice.
If you do suspect your child has head lice, I also strongly urge you to see a medical professional as soon as possible. Doctors can help to correctly identify head lice and provide you with effective treatments.
Remember to remind your child to not share hats, helmets, combs, brushes, or other items that were placed in someone else's hair.
If you have any questions or would like to talk more about head lice, please give us a call at the school.