The purpose of this policy is to describe St Agatha's approach to minimising the risk of head lice in our school community.
This policy will ensure that the detection, communication and management of any case of head lice at St Agatha's School Clayfield is treated in a respectful and consistent manner.
The occurrence of head lice is the most common insect infestation in humans throughout the world.
In Queensland, infestation occurs mainly in children of primary school age. Head lice infestation may affect people of any age, nationality, gender or socio-economic status. The approach and management of head lice in a school setting can have significant influence on a student's social-emotional wellbeing and educational outcomes.
The responsibility for minimising risk to members of the school community through education, prevention, detection and treatment of head lice is a partnership between school and home.
Our school utilises the following guidelines, adapted from guidelines developed by Education Queensland, for minimising the presence of head lice at school and managing head lice incidents.
Although head lice do not pose any serious health risks, they can be difficult to manage.
If a student presents with head lice at school, the following procedure occurs:
There is no general expectation that schools will physically check students for the presence of head lice.
Current information on recommended treatment is available from Queensland Health, the local pharmacy or doctor.
Staff at St Agatha's are to act under the guidance of the following principles: