Lice is a concern in all schools (especially elementary schools and particularly in younger grades). Early detection is key to making sure the school does not end up with a large problem on their hand (or on their heads).
Last year we had a keen group of parents who wanted to try to reduce the number of lice occurrences at Tennyson. Funds were raised and will be spent on early detection this year ... there will be screening for Primary classes (K - Gr 3) three times this year. Oct 25 will be the first one (and again on Jan 10 and April 20). We have outsourced this screening to the Greater Vancouver Lice Clinic.
We have also created Tennyson's very own Head Lice Info Page.
It doesn't end there ... we have also purchased some treatment kits (both "natural" and a bit more hard-core). Mme Alain has the kits in her office so please stop by and get one if it is needed and shopping for a kit is a barrier for you.
And here are a few more suggestions from the folks who are coming in to do the screening:
- students should wear their hair tied back at school
- lice is passed 90% of the time through head to head contact - keep your heads apart
- no bonking heads (this is generally good advice in any situation)
- students should let their parents know if they are feeling itchy or tired
It's all about early detection so regular screening at home and school is ideal.
Happy hunting everyone!