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 Copper River School District Alerts Local Parents Of Head Lice Infestation At Glennallen School 

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November 15, 2023


Dear Parents/Guardians,

 

I hope this letter finds you well. I am writing to inform you about a recent incident of head lice in our school. I understand that this issue may cause concern and worry among parents, but I want to assure you that we are taking proactive steps to address the situation.

 

Head lice are a common problem that can affect anyone. They are typically spread through direct head-to-head contact and can easily transfer from one person to another, especially in close quarters like schools.

 

Upon learning about the presence of head lice in our school, we immediately implemented necessary measures to prevent further infestation and ensure the health and well-being of our students. We do our best to monitor students, paying extra attention to those who were in direct contact with affected individuals.

 

We have included information with this letter on how to check for head lice and how to treat it effectively. Additionally, we emphasize the importance of personal hygiene and not sharing personal items such as hats, combs, and headphones.

 

As a community, it is essential that we approach this situation with empathy and understanding. Stigmatizing or blaming any individual or family will only hinder our efforts to control the spread of head lice. We encourage open communication and would appreciate your cooperation in checking your child's hair regularly and taking appropriate action if head lice are detected.

 

Please be assured that we are doing our best to maintain a clean and safe learning environment for all students. We will continue to monitor the situation closely and take necessary measures as needed.

 

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact the school office. We appreciate your support and cooperation in tackling this issue and working together to prevent further infestation.

 

Thank you for your attention to this matter.

 

Sincerely,

 

Kerwin Cormier

Principal

Glennallen K-12



To check for lice, follow these steps:


 

1. Look for signs: Examine the scalp for any signs of lice, such as itching, redness, or small red bumps. Look closely at the hair roots for nits (lice eggs) or adult lice crawling.

 

2. Use a fine-toothed comb: Wet the hair with water, conditioner, or a specialized lice comb solution. Partition the hair into sections and carefully comb through each section, starting from the scalp and moving towards the ends. Wipe the comb onto a tissue or towel after each pass to check for lice or nits.

 

3. Check for nits: Nits are usually found near the scalp and attach themselves firmly to hair shafts. They are typically oval-shaped, tiny, and yellowish-white. If the nits are located more than ¼ inch away from the scalp, they are likely empty shells.

 

4. Consult a professional: If you have difficulty identifying lice or nits, consider visiting a healthcare professional or a lice treatment specialist who can provide a more accurate diagnosis.



Treatment options for lice include:

 

1. Over-the-counter treatments: There are various over-the-counter lice treatment shampoos and rinses available. Follow the instructions on the package carefully, and repeat the treatment after a week to kill any newly hatched lice.

 

2. Prescription medications: If over-the-counter treatments fail, consult a healthcare professional for prescription-strength treatments. These may include prescription shampoos, creams, or lotions.

 

3. Manual removal: Comb out lice and nits using a fine-toothed comb. This method can be time-consuming but can be effective when done meticulously. It is essential to repeat the process regularly to remove newly hatched lice.

 

4. Home remedies: There are various home remedies such as applying petroleum jelly, olive oil, or mayonnaise to suffocate the lice. However, their effectiveness may vary, and there is limited scientific evidence supporting their use.

 

5. Clean the environment: Wash all recently used bedding, stuffed animals, and clothing in hot water and dry them on high heat. Vacuum upholstery, car seats, and other surfaces where lice may have come into contact.

 

Remember, it is crucial to inform close contacts (family, friends, or classmates) about the infestation so that they can also check and take appropriate measures if necessary.

 


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