Now that the School Nurse’s Clinic is back up and running as usual under Level One, I would like to send a reminder to Year 9 parents and students regarding the recommencement of the HEEADSSS assessments by the school nurse. Letters regarding this were sent out in Term 1.
This framework allows students to provide information to a health professional which assists in the early detection of any health concerns and provides a holistic view into a students’ life to assist young people in their development.
The module is funded by the Ministry of Health and as part of the Prime Ministers Youth Mental Health Initiative.
Headlice may be present amongst children in your child's year group. These insects are a nuisance and can be controlled or eradicated by families. Headlice crawl from head to head and may be passed on through shared objects such as hairbrushes and hats. It is recommended that you check all members of your household carefully. Anyone can host headlice. Cleanliness is not a factor in whether headlice are present or not.
What to look for:
· Small light or dark brown insects without wings.
· Tiny whitish eggs (nits) like grains of salt attached to hair shafts.
· There may be unusual itching on the head or neck.
· Small red marks on the neck or behind the ears (headlice bites).
What to do:
· Check all members of the household daily at the same time for at least three weeks.
· Treat anyone who is hosting headlice. Effective treatment need not be chemical or expensive.
· Please advise the school if you find headlice and confirm that treatment has begun.
· Be prepared to continue treatment for about three weeks depending on the method chosen. Three weeks is the length of the headlouse breeding cycle; you need to break the cycle or infestation will continue.
· After each treatment, comb the hair with a fine toothed comb.
· Extra precautions may include washing all bedlinen, pillowcases and towels in hot water and tumble drying for 20 minutes on high. Other items that have come in contact with heads should also be thoroughly cleaned.
· Soak hairbrushes and combs in hot water for at least ten minutes.
· Vacuuming carpets and rugs may be helpful.
· Repeat treatment 7 to 10 days after initial treatment.
If you have any queries regarding this, please contact the Nurse at the
School Health Clinic on 027 240 7919 or firstname.lastname@example.org
RN Kelly Drayton | School Nurse - Te Kauwhata
Location: 50-64 Waerenga Road, Te Kauwhata, New Zealand
Phone: (07) 826 3715
2021 Term Dates
Term 1: Thursday 4th February - Friday 16th April
Term 2: Monday 3rd May - Friday 9th July
Term 3: Monday 26th July - Friday 1st October
Term 4: Monday 18th October - Friday 10th December
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