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Student dress code

By Times staff
© St. Petersburg Times
published August 4, 2002

The Citrus County School Board recognizes that clothing fashions change and that fads come and go, but distinctions still need to be made as to what is acceptable attire for educational purposes. Some clothing which might be appropriate in other settings would be completely inappropriate and disruptive for the learning atmosphere in a school setting.

The principal or designee is responsible for interpreting and clarifying the dress code upon student or parent request. The principal's office is the final authority in interpreting and applying the dress code as it relates to special events and activities conducted at the school. Students will dress in attire which does not distract from the learning process or the educational environment.

The school district's guidelines are:

Clothing should cover the body appropriately, e.g. midriff, back, shoulders (two-inch-wide shoulder straps at minimum), chest, legs to mid thigh or longer.

Clothing should cover all undergarments.

Shorts, skirts or pants should be worn at natural waistline.

Attire should not be sexually suggestive.

Attire should not illustrate, enhance or depict tobacco, alcohol or drugs nor have offensive, racist, satanic, gang-related or violent messages.

Attire should contribute to the health and safety of students and staff. (Jewelry, shoes, accessories and hair styles must be free of conditions that could be considered hazardous or disruptive.)

Head covers

Hats and distracting head covers should not be worn in designated school areas at any time.

Shorts, skirts and dresses

The following administrative guidelines must be followed by all students when wearing shorts, skirts, and dresses: shorts, skirts, and dresses must reach mid thigh or longer; shorts, skirts, dresses and pants must not be too tight or too baggy (for example, bicycle shorts, aerobic shorts, etc., are forbidden); and shorts, skirts, and dresses must be hemmed.

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-- From the Citrus County School District Student Code of Conduct

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Date: 8/04/02 Page: 6+

Section: CITRUS TIMES Byline: Cathy Reckenwald

Headline: What to do if your child has head lice

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Things to do if your child is sent home with head lice

DON'T PANIC. HEAD LICE HAVE BEEN AROUND FOR AT LEAST AS LONG AS COCKROACHES AND ARE A NUISANCE NOT A DISEASE.

1. Treat your child with a pediculicide such as Rid, Nix, Lindane, or Quell. It is important that you follow package directions carefully.

a. If you are financially unable to afford these products please call Cathy Reckenwald and she will direct you to low or no cost treatment options (726-1931 or 637-9710).

b. DO NOT use pediculicide products more often than recommended, remember they are pesticides. DO NOT use pediculicide products as a prevention .... You may inadvertently cause lice resistance.

c. DO NOT wash hair or use a conditioner for at least 3 days after treatment or you will lose the residual effects. Use one application per person and keep the box as proof of treatment.

d. It is DANGEROUS and NOT effective to use petroleum products (gasoline, kerosene or oil) on your child's hair and scalp.

e. If you need to re-treat try using this alternative method instead of pesticides. Load the head with Crisco, cover with a shower cap over night and wash out with Dawn dish soap in the morning.

2. Some parents have found it effective to use products such as white vinegar to help loosen the "nits" (eggs) from the hair shaft. If you choose to try this, do it PRIOR to the above pediculicide treatment or you will eliminate the residual effects of those products.

3. Check all of your household members and treat any that have "nits" or a live infestation.

4. To prevent the spread of head lice, all clothing and bedding should be washed in hot water (130 degrees F water temperature), put in a hot dryer (20 minutes), or dry cleaned. Place unwashable items (i.e., stuffed animals) in a sealed plastic bag for two weeks to break the hatching cycle.

5. All combs and brushes should be washed in hot water.

6. Furniture, carpeting, and vehicle upholstery should be sprayed with an insect spray containing pyrednin and vacuumed thoroughly. (Examples: COMBAT, RAID) Do not spray more than once a month, vacuuming daily is recommended for 7-10 days.

7. Continue to re-examine scalp and hair for 7 to 10 days after treatment to make sure none of the "nits" have hatched.

8. Experience has shown, that generally, students can be cleared for return to school in one or two days. The attendance officer will take action if the student is out for an extended period of time.

9. When you bring your child for a clearance check, please make sure your child's hair is:

1. Hanging free -- no braids, ponytails, etc.

2. Free of the following:

a. Sand, hair spray, mousse, styling gel, Vaseline or other oily or greasy products

b. Completely dry (Hair which is wet or sticky cannot be rechecked to determine if nits are present.)

3. Bring proof of treatment -- we must check your child's head to determine if they are allowed to be in school, so don't just send a treatment box with your child.

THINGS YOU CAN DO TO PREVENT A HEAD LICE INFESTATION:

A. Use Head and Shoulders Shampoo twice weekly leaving it on the head for 5 minutes. For some reason, lice don't like it.

B. BLOW DRY YOUR CHILD'S HAIR AFTER EVERY WASHING. This "fluffs" out the hair shaft and doesn't allow the louse to lay eggs (one of the two jobs they have in life).

C. Use hair spray, mousse, styling gel. This prevents the louse from drinking the blood from your child's scalp (the second of the two jobs they have in life).

D. CHECK YOUR CHILD'S HEAD AT LEAST ONCE A WEEK!!!!!!!

UST A FEW FACTS YOU MAY WANT TO KNOW:

Head lice prefer a clean head and clean hair. It is easier to grasp the hair while they lay their eggs.

The primary mode of transmission is sharing anything that is put on the head or in the hair. This could include items such as hats, combs, brushes, barrettes, ball helmets, band hats, car phones, or trying on clothing. Throwing personal items in a heap such as clothes, hats, or book bags is another way to bring home unwanted guests. Touching heads together when sharing information or sitting closely with hair touching invites this critter to come for dinner. Coming in contact with upholstered car seats or furniture which has been infested could be another method. Students and staff with long hair should wear it as close to the head as possible. The lice don't jump or fly but they run VERY fast.

Have someone AT HOME routinely check the head, looking specifically for live bugs or eggs (nits). Constant scratching of the head MAY be a sign. Anyone who is scratching their head constantly should be checked to rule out a possible head lice infestation or to identify other conditions such as dandruff, seborrhea, or cradle cap. If the child has been treated recently, he will probably have an itchy scalp so don't assume he is reinfested. Just the THOUGHT of lice will make anyone itch. You're probably scratching now.

Check your own child at least weekly.

The schools are under the integrated pest management system. Since the schools are closed on the week-ends we have an advantage because a louse will starve to death in 48 hours.

The schools do not send home notes indicating head lice has been "found". Assume some child has it on a daily basis (because they do), monitor your child, and use the tips above to discourage the mama louse from living on your child's head.

Remember, Head Lice is a NUISANCE NOT A DISEASE. The school nurses and health room attendants will try to help you get through this, but please don't hold them responsible for your child having lice.

-- This story was written and provided by Cathy Reckenwald, student health specialist with the Citrus County School District.

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