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Community against VIHA and Ministry of Education allowing lice in schools and daycares

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 IT IS UP TO THE PUBLIC TO FIGHT AGAINST THIS IF THEY DO NOT FIND IT ACCEPTABLE. 

 

PLEASE CONTINUE TO SIGN AND SHARE.  MINISTRY OF EDUCATION, VIHA, PUBLIC HEALTH NURSES NEED TO SEE ALL YOUR SIGNATURES.  THEY NEED TO SEE THE PUBLIC IS UPSET AND NOT ACCEPTING OF THIS MENTALITY IN MANAGING LICE IN PUBLIC CHILDRENS COMMUNITY SETTINGS.  

WE WILL CONTINUE WITH THE PETITION UNTIL FORMER POLICY ON LICE AND MANAGEMENT BE PUT BACK IN PLACE.  PARENTS/CAREGIVERS WANT IT  1.MANDATORY TO CHECK HAIR AT SCHOOLS AND DAYCARES FOR LICE.   2. A CHILD FOUND WITH LICE BE SENT HOME OR BE KEPT APART UNTIL THE END OF THE DAY.   3. CHILD DOES NOT RETURN UNTIL NIT/LICE FREE.  

Vancouver Island Health Authority, (VIHA or "Island Health") AND MINISTRY OF EDUCATION has a new policy regarding lice on childrens heads.  The new policy allows children with lice to remain in schools and daycares, an abrupt departure from past policies which allowed teachers to check a child's head for lice/nits and take precautions such as sending the child home with instructions on how to deal with it, and not allow a child to return until they are 'nit and lice free."  This new policy was implemented by VIHA to, in their words,  "protect the afflicted child from feeling shame or exclusion."  VIHA is arguing that because lice does not spread disease, that it should be an accepted "nuisance" in our communities.  THIS TAKES AWAY A TEACHER/CAREGIVER'S RIGHT to protect the other children in their care because a few people do not want to deal with the lice in their homes.  It also allows parents/caregivers to not be held accountable for their neglect in not dealing with their own child's lice infestation.  These problems have been associated with lice, as well as allergic reactions usually caused by the feces left on the scalp.  Some allergic reactions can be severe enough to cause lymph node swelling.

Some general infections associated with excessive scratching and/or infected wounds or bites.

Yeast infections: caused by scratching
Cellulitis: a subcutaneous skin infection caused by bacteria that enter the body through broken skin
MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus): a skin infection caused by Staphylococcus bacteria that have become resistant to certain antibiotics
Staph infections: caused by staphylococcus bacteria that invade the body through the lesions, including infections include boils and impetigo (a contagious rash)

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