Dear Hunnewell,As head lice is one of the most communicable conditions in school-aged chidlren, I want to make sure that everyone has a clear understanding of the head lice protocol in Wellesley Public Schools. Head lice do not transmit disease and are not considered a public health issue. Head lice should not disrupt the educational process.
When a child has a confirmed case of head lice, the school nurse notifies the parents. We do not send the child home, although a parent may opt to pick up their child from school to begin treatment. We also do not conduct classroom-wide or school-wide screenings. It is important that the school nurse and other staff members maintain the student’s privacy as well as the family’s right to confidentiality.
Our school nurse, Dianne Croteau, will advise the family of a student to contact their pediatician to confirm the diagnosis and recommend treatment products. Dianne can serve as a valuable resource should you suspect lice or if your child has a confirmed case of lice.
Please let me know if you have any questions.Sincerely,

Hunnewell Elementary School

28 Cameron Street • Wellesley • Massachusetts • 02482
Phone 781-446-6275 Ellen Quirk, Principal • Amy Mistrot, Secretary

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