Gloversville High School Students and Families,
In recent days there has been misinformation circulating around our school district about an infestation of head lice and/or bed bugs at Gloversville High School. I am writing this letter to assure you that there is NO infestation of head lice or bed bugs at the high school.
Here are the facts:
- We have not found any bed bugs – not one – in Gloversville High School.
- We have had 10 confirmed cases of individuals with head lice in our school since the start of the year. This is not out of the norm.
We have taken proactive steps to thoroughly clean and disinfect all areas of our school. As a precaution we have given extra attention, and followed all protocols, in regard to those areas that have been linked to suspected head lice, or the unconfirmed single bed bug case. Cleaning and disinfection includes, but is not limited to, the following:
- Desks and chairs
- Floors (mopping and vacuuming)
- Common areas (cafeteria, gym, auditorium)
Please know we have specific protocols that have been followed, which were created in collaboration with our buildings and grounds staff, Orkin Pest Management and our School Safety Committee. In short, any student or staff member suspected to have head lice or bed bugs is called discreetly to the school nurse’s office. The school nurse then confirms whether or not the student has head lice or bed bugs. If indeed, a student has a confirmed case, every effort is made to notify the families involved, and the nurse provides the necessary resources and recommends supplies to treat the issue.
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention does not classify head lice as a communicable disease. As such, the CDC does not recommend sending students home from school, or having children miss educational time due to head lice. Please see the link below for CDC specific recommendations to mitigate the transmission of head lice, https://www.cdc.gov/parasites/lice/head/prevent.html.
In the event you or your child does develop head lice, visit the CDC website for information on treatment, and call your family doctor or our school nurse.
Please know that school safety and cleanliness are our highest priority, and our buildings and grounds staff take immense pride in their ability to keep our school clean. If you have any questions, please contact me directly at 518-775-5712.
Richard R. DeMallie, Ed. D.
A copy of this letter will be sent home on Wednesday, Oct. 24.