Head lice, also known as pediculosis, isn't a reportable disease under the Health Promotion and Protection Act. In fact, it's more appropriately defined as a social nuisance, not a health problem. Therefore, coordinated efforts between parents, teachers, schools, and the community are necessary to control outbreaks of head lice.
Infestations can be controlled through prevention, early detection, prompt management, and effective education of teachers, parents and volunteers. Although the problem may not be eliminated entirely, it can be handled effectively to minimize the effect in the school community.
Some lice treatments are free (covered by OHIP+) for anyone 24 years or younger who is not covered by a private plan. Talk to your pharmacist for more information.
For additional information, call the EOHU at 613-933-1375 or 1-800-267-7120 and ask to a member of the School Health Team or email the team at email@example.com.