The control of head lice, medically known as Pediculosis, is a shared responsibility between parents/caregivers, school staff, volunteers, students and public health nurses and all have a part to play in controlling this issue. Each school shall have a Pediculosis Program in place, designed in accordance with its needs, however, it is the responsibility of the parent(s)/guardian(s) to check and treat their child(ren).
Education about the prevention, identification, and treatment of head lice is important to the success of any Pediculosis Program. The intent of the program is to respond to the presence of Pediculosis on a child or children and to establish guidelines to prevent recurring spreading.
Individual school Pediculosis Programs may be designed in collaboration with the School Council or other community resources such as the Niagara Region Public Health Department.
It is the responsibility of the parent(s)/guardian(s) to ensure their child(ren)’s head lice have been effectively treated with appropriate hair products and that all nits and lice have been removed.
It is the responsibility of school administration to educate students about head lice and prevention (e.g. no sharing hats, combs or brushes). Administrators will assist with making a student with head lice feel comfortable and valued.
Screening for Pediculosis is at the discretion of the School Administrator(s), who may use trained volunteers from the school community to conduct the head checks.
School based screening programs must include attention to confidentiality and sensitivity to students and their families.