We have been seeing numerous cases of head lice here at school in all age groups. Head lice is a widely misunderstood “nuisance-type” health problem. Head lice can happen to anyone. It is not a sign of poor hygiene. Head lice can occur at any age, in any ethnic group, and to either sex.
Here at school we are doing several things to try to eradicate this problem. 1.) We have been checking the heads of all students in the grade level when we learn of a student that has had lice. 2.) We are cleaning the classrooms completely if a student in the class has had lice. 3.) The bus seats have been sprayed with Rid spray. 4.) The head phones in the computer lab have been cleaned regularly. 5.) Furniture has been sprayed in classrooms. 6.) Stuffed animals in classrooms have been bagged up until further notice. 7.) Sleeping bags or blankets in classrooms have been sent home until further notice.
We are asking for your assistance at home to help get rid of this problem. Periodic head checks at home will control lice. Use 2 pencils, toothpicks, or Q-tips to divide hair to look close to the scalp, while wearing disposable gloves. Closely examine the scalp, especially the nape of the neck and behind the ears. Look for small white or yellowish-brown specks that are firmly attached to the hair near the scalp. To tell the difference between eggs and dandruff, try to dislodge them from the hair shaft. If they are not removable, they are probably nits.
If your child has lice, a special treatment is required to kill the adults and their eggs. Follow the directions exactly. Some nits are becoming resistant to over-the-counter treatments. As an alternative to these treatments you can completely cover your head with peanut butter or mayonnaise, making sure to cover your scalp completely. Then place a shower cap over this and leave this on at least 1 hour. Wash this out with shampoo and comb out all lice and nits. Nits that are less than 4 days old will not be killed, so you will need to re-treat your child in 7-10 days. After treatment, all remaining nits must be removed from hair. It is extremely important to comb out all the nits and lice from a child’s hair. This is one of the most important steps.
You will need to wash all the bedding, coats, hats, cloth hairpieces, and clothing in very hot water. Make sure if you are doing multiple loads that you allow the water to be warmed sufficiently between loads. Then dry the items in your dryer for at least 20 minutes. The heat will kill the lice if the hot water didn’t. Place combs and brushes in a pan of water and heat on a stove to about 150 degrees F for 10 minutes. If heating may damage combs or brushes, soak them for 1 hour in a phenol solution such as Lysol. Always inspect combs or brushes after soaking for any remaining nits. For items that are not machine washable, dry-clean them or place them in a tightly sealed plastic bag for 14 days. Vacuum all bike or sports helmets on the inside. All furniture, car seats, vehicles they ride in and carpets must be vacuumed also. Stuffed animals and pillows that can’t be washed should be placed in a tightly sealed plastic bag for a minimum of 2 weeks.
Please remind your children not to share combs, hair brushes, hats, coats, pillows, stuffed animals, or any head coverings. Please feel free to call me if you have any questions.
Deanna Koester RN BSN Pearl City School Nurse
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The cheerleaders are taking orders for a variety of wildcat wear items. Three orders will be placed for the 2016 football season: August 26th, September 9th and September 23. Make sure to turn in your order form by one of these dates if you would like to purchase anything. You can turn in an order, or pick up ordered items at one of the following places: Eastland Jr./Sr. High School (Lanark) Eastland Elementary School (Shannon), Pearl City School, or at a HOME (Lanark or Pearl City) football game. Make checks payable to EPC Cheerleaders.
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New Illinois Learning Standards are based on the Common Core. Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) has more information on their web site, www.isbe.net.
The District does not tolerate acts of bullying and harassment on any prohibited basis, including acts of harassment based on disability, race and gender. The District has recently adopted revised bullying and harassment policies, which are available at http://www.pcwolves.net/domain/15. Any person who believes he or she has been subjected to harassment or a hostile environment should report the harassment or hostile environment to the District and the District will conduct a prompt and thorough investigation into the complaint. Persons who are found to have engaged in acts of harassment or other acts that create a hostile environment will be promptly disciplined in a manner consistent with the District’s anti-harassment and bullying policies and the student code of conduct. Bullying and harassment are best prevented by students, parents and District staff working together to identify and respond to such acts.
i. 7:180 Bullying, Intimidation and Harassment of Student Prohibited
ii. 7:20 Sexual Harassment of Students Prohibited