Like most people, schools, daycares, and summer camps tend to have knee-jerk reactions when it comes to lice outbreaks. Those reactions often involve sending the infected child home with a request that they not return until every nit is picked. But sending kids home like lepers isn’t just embarrassing; it’s completely unnecessary. Here’s how schools and summer camps should deal with lice outbreaks.
Catch the Problem
Regular lice checks are critical to checking the spread of lice in schools. Call HBI Lice Removal to come to your school and check your students for nits. We offer group head checks for schools suffering lice outbreaks, and even for camps and daycares who want to stay on top of potential lice threats. We check each child carefully, and if we find evidence of nits, we’ll help the kid, teachers, and family with their next steps. The best protection is prevention.
Educate Kids about Lice
When you bundle up a kid, send them home, and announce to their friends that they have head lice, all you’re doing is causing shame and spreading panic. If you discover a lice outbreak at school or summer camp, it’s important not to overreact. Head lice only spreads through direct head-to-head contact. That means that it’s completely safe for kids to stay in the classroom, participate in craft time, and hang out with their friends if they have lice. Educate kids on how to avoid catching head lice without calling out one particular student. Inform the parents and encourage weekly home head checks until the problem is under control.
Head lice isn’t as scary as we make it out to be. Kids with lice can safely learn, play, and explore without infecting other kids. If you’re a school, camp, or kids’ organization, contact HBI Lice Removal about the best ways to catch and contain a lice outbreak.