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SRVUSD board to comb through head lice policies at next meeting

Policy updates aim to help prevent spread, shorten outbreak times

Though not nearly as serious as say measles or even the flu, head lice can cause quite a nuisance that can impede the educational experience of students and their teachers who have become infested with the critters.

In order to help better prevent the spread of these nuisances, the San Ramon Valley Unified School District Board of Education will be combing through their health policies relating to head lice on Tuesday evening.

District staff stressed that while head lice do not transmit diseases, the itching they cause results in a discomfort that can become a particular nuisance and it is important that the district stay up-to-date on its policies protecting students and lessening outbreaks.

Policies recommended by the California Department of Public Health to prevent the spread of lice include reporting any suspected cases as soon as possible, quarantining contaminated students at home until the lice are removed, testing these students upon their return to school, if multiple students are found to have head lice then schools staff will notify parents and provide them with information on how to detect and treat lice, and students found to be consistently infested may be referred to a multidisciplinary team tasked with identifying and resolving the cause of the infestation.

All of this will be prefaced with school and district staff prioritizing the privacy of students who have been identified as having lice.

Currently the issue of new policies for lice prevention is for discussion only, and any final policy updates would need to be approved at an as of yet unspecified future meeting.

The SRVUSD board will meet to discuss these issues and others at its regular meeting on Tuesday, 7 p.m. at the district offices, 699 Old Orchard Drive, Danville.

In other business

* Recognizing the accomplishments of their teachers trustees are set to issue a proclamation designating May 8 as Day of the Teacher.

* Trustees are also set to recognize May 19-25 as Classified Employees Week.

* Trustees will also listen to a special presentation on mental wellness and safety in the SRVUSD.

* During the board’s closed session, which will be held prior to the start of its regular open meeting, trustees will review a series of potential employment changes for multiple principal positions at unspecified schools throughout the district.

A common occurrence as the school year nears its end, the district has already appointed new principals to Tassajara Hills and Vista Grande Elementary Schools as well as the Del Amigo High School/Venture Independent Study School.

* The meeting will be held one day prior to the one-year anniversary of the death of 15-year-old Ben Curry, who drowned in the San Ramon Valley High School pool on May 8, 2018. The Curry family will be holding a candlelight vigil honoring the boy’s life Wednesday 7:30 p.m. in front of the Danville Library, 400 Front St.

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