Revise lice communication policy for Virginia - FCPS
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Current school policy is ambiguous as to when parents should be notified of lice in a child's classroom or school. While it is understood that lice are bugs that do not transmit diseases, an infestation on a child brings negative stigmatism, can cause infection if not treated early and appropriately, can spread throughout the class, school, home and outward to the community via extracurricular activities. The treatment and management is time consuming and costly. Informing parents/guardians early in an outbreak will decrease these risks and limit distractions in classrooms.
We would like to see a change to the current notification policy and development of a standard procedure for cleaning and treating schools when lice are identified. If cases are not tracked, we urge for the tracking of cases so trends can be identified.
As a parent of two children at a FCPS school with a breakout, and has dealt with lice in the past, I understand the challenges that come with a diagnosis. I understand the uncomfortable nature of having lice. Early communication, education, and treatment is imperative to limiting occurrences across all FCPS schools. #ChangeLicePolicyFCPS
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