Current Status: Issued
Original Issue Date: 08/28/01
Reviewed: 08/28/02, 08//03, 08/04, 08/05, 08/06, 08/07, 08/09
Next Review Date: 08/28/10
Document Number: TR HL 02-VO1
It is the policy of the Iroquois-Kankakee ROE Teen REACH Program that all youth in the program are to be observed for signs of head lice to prevent further outbreaks caused by close contact with others.
- Staff will be given training in recognizing Head Lice. Some common symptoms:
- Intense itching on the scalp.
- Lice on scalp and clothing.
- Eggs on hair shaft.
- Staff will observe for signs of head lice. Head lice most often infect the scalp hair and are easiest to see at the nape of the neck and over the ears. Small eggs (nits) can be seen on the hair shafts.
- Parents or guardians of participant will be immediately notified to pick up their child if head lice is suspected.
- All other parents/guardians of participants will be notified of suspected head lice.
- All areas/items used by infected child will be disinfected (typically washed in hot, soapy water) to prevent further infestation. The areas and the furniture will be thoroughly vacuumed.
- The child will be allowed to return to the program with a written doctor's order.
- Information on Head Lice prevention will be given to parents/guardians.