From time to time we may find that a child is in camp or has come into contact with campers who have head lice. Head lice is a growing problem in the public school system so we feel that it is important to make sure that parents are informed about our plans should head lice be found.
First off, while head lice are aÂ nuisance, they are not dangerous and they do not spread disease. They are, however, contagious and annoying so we want to make sure they do not become a problem at our camp.
- Children or Staff who are found to have live head lice will be sent home for the day. Children will be able to return when they are lice free, staff members will be able to return after treatment and will be rechecked for lice upon return.
- When lice are detected, parents will be informed byÂ receivingÂ a written note at the front desk. These letters will be available as soon as reasonably possible.
- As the CDC, the American Association of Pediatrics and the National Association of School Nurses allÂ recommendÂ not Â to have a “no nit” policy, our camp will permit attendance of children and staff with nits (hatched eggs) so long as they do not have lice.
- Children are not to bring stuffed animals, pillows, or blankets to camp. While the biggest danger is that these items will be lost or damaged, they can also be carriers for lice.
- Children and Staff should avoid head to head contact. This is the primary means of spreading lice.
- Lying down, with your head on any carpeted area is not permitted.
- Children (and staff) are not to share towels, hats or other items of clothing.
- Brushing hair is not permitted at camp except after swimming.
Please note that spread by contact with an inanimate object is very uncommon.
- Articles of clothing, towels and similar items that are in the lost and found will be discarded.
- Carpets will continued to beÂ vacuumedÂ daily andÂ upholsteredfurnitureÂ will also be vacuumed.
- Random checks will be performed on all members of the staff as well as campers.
What about swimming?
While lice can survive underwater and are not killed by the chlorine levels of a pool they are very unlikely to spread by water. Studies have shown that lice hold more tightly to human hair when submerged and will not let go under water.
Swimming is not recommended within 1-2 days of treatment as some lice medications will become less effective.
For more information about the prevention and treatment of lice, please visit KidsHealth.org