Jefferson Elementary~ The Bobcat
October 10 PTA Meeting 5:45
October 10 Picture DayOctober 12 Parent Teacher Conferences 3:00-7:00
October 16 Parent Teacher Conferences 3:00-7:00
October 18 Author, Andrea Wang visit
October 18 Early Out for Students at 12:27
October 19 and 20- No School
October 26 Grade 1 and Grade 2 Program 1:30-2:00
October 27 PTA Dance 6:00 (more information to come)
Here is the link to the FPS Fall Parent Survey:
HEAD LICE…..Never a topic we want to discuss, but something that we need to be informed about.
The Fargo Public Schools policy regarding head lice (AP 4780): Exclude from school until treated and determined to be non-communicable (no nits). Children should be treated for lice as soon as possible. Close contacts should be checked frequently for two weeks. Head to head contact with other children should be discouraged. (Note: Cass Public Health philosophy differs from that of Fargo Schools.)
Due to the low risk of transmitting head lice at school and to maintain confidentiality, letters will NOT be sent to parents of classmates and classrooms will NOT be checked
What do I Need to Know? Head Lice (Pediculosis Capitis)
What are head lice?
Head lice are small insects (less than 1/8 inch long). They range in color from red to brown, black, yellow-tan or gray-white. Head lice live on blood they draw from the scalp and lay tiny, gray/white eggs (known as nits) on a hair shaft near the scalp. The warmth from the scalp is needed for the eggs to hatch. Head lice are not known to spread disease.
Who is at risk for head lice?
Head lice infestations occur in all socioeconomic groups, are not an indication of poor hygiene, and can affect anyone.
What are the symptoms of head lice?
Most people who have head lice do not have symptoms at all. When symptoms do occur, the most common signs include itching of the skin on the scalp or neck where lice feed. Nits are glued to hair, commonly behind ears and at or near the nape of the neck. Scratching, especially behind and around ears and at the nape of the neck, may lead to open sores and a bacterial infection that also my cause swollen lymph nodes.
How soon do symptoms appear?
Symptoms appear when a live louse is present.
How are head lice spread?
Head lice are spread most commonly by direct contact with hair. Additionally, infested people can also spread head lice by sharing combs, brushes, hats, blankets or sheets with others, but this is not very common. It can be spread only by live lice and not nits.
When and for how long is a person able to spread head lice?
Head lice will spread until they are treated with a chemical that kills lice and until the eggs have been killed or removed. Research has shown that removal of nits may not be necessary.
How is a person diagnosed?
Diagnosing head lice is done by identifying the presence of live lice or nits within 1/4 inch of the scalp. Identification of eggs and lice with the naked eye is possible; however, the use of a hand lens or microscope may help to confirm the identification.
What is the treatment?
Over-the-counter treatments and prescriptions that kill lice and most viable eggs are available. Follow the directions on the label. Re-treat nine days after initial treatment if not otherwise specified on the product label. Contact your health-care provider or local public health unit for more information.
Does past infection make a person immune?
No. A person who previously had head lice may get it again.
What can be done to prevent the spread of head lice?
Follow these steps to prevent the spread of head lice:
· Avoid sharing headgear, coats, hats, hair ornaments, helmets, headphones, combs, brushes, towels and bedding.
· Combs and brushes should be washed in hot water (130 °) for 10 minutes.
· Items that cannot be washed should be bagged and stored for two weeks.
· Provide separate storage areas for clothing so that the personal articles of one person do not touch the personal articles of another.
· When an infestation is found, check the hair and scalp of all household members and treat only those who have lice and those who share the same bed with the infested person.
For additional information about head lice, head lice removal, school exclusions, etc., contact the ND Department of Health, Division of Family Health at 800-472-2286.
American Academy of Pediatrics, [Pediculosis Capitis]. In: Pickering LK, ed. Red Book: 2009 Report of the Committee on Infectious Diseases. 28th ed. Elk Grove Village, IL: American Academy of Pediatrics; 2009: [495-497}
Parent Teacher Conferences
Fall Conferences are scheduled for October 12 and 16 from 3 pm-7 pm.
Please know we are limited to 15 minutes/conference. If you think you will need more time, please work with your child's teacher to schedule a conference for an alternate date/time.
If you need assistance, call the Jefferson School Office at 701-446-4700.
Please join us for our Parent Involvement Nights on October 12th or 16th during Parent/Teacher Conferences.
*Supper will be provided on the night of your conference. Each person will get a barbecue shredded chicken sandwich on a bun, baked beans, chips, and a cookie. Food service ends at 6:30 PM.
-If you have a late conference, you may pick up your tickets in the office.
*Special Guest Readers
*Prizes will be drawn for families that attend
*Community Resource information booths