Health Office

  • Ms. Karen Lukacovic, RN, CSN        908-789-0331  ext. 2103 email klukaco@garwoodschools.org

    If you have any questions or concerns about your child please do not hesitate to call or email.  Stay Healthy!


    (Copied from the CDC website)

    Head Lice Information for Parents


    You should examine your child’s head, especially behind the ears and at the nape of the neck, for crawling lice and nits if your child exhibits symptoms of a head lice infestation. If crawling lice or nits are found, all household members should be examined for crawling lice and nits every 2–3 days. Persons with live (crawling) lice or nits within ¼ inch or less of the scalp should be treated.

    To eliminate head lice successfully, it is very important that all treatment instructions and steps be carefully followed and completed.

    CDC does not make recommendations as to what specific product or products should be used to treat individuals. Both over-the-counter and prescription products are available. You may wish to contact your doctor, pharmacist, or health department for additional information about which product they recommend.

    Children diagnosed with live head lice do not need to be sent home early from school; they can go home at the end of the day, be treated, and return to class after appropriate treatment has begun. Nits may persist after treatment, but successful treatment should kill crawling lice.

    Head lice can be a nuisance but they have not been shown to spread disease. Personal hygiene or cleanliness in the home or school has nothing to do with getting head lice.


    (Copied from the CDC website)

    Head Lice Information for Schools


    Students diagnosed with live head lice do not need to be sent home early from school; they can go home at the end of the day, be treated, and return to class after appropriate treatment has begun. Nits may persist after treatment, but successful treatment should kill crawling lice.

    Head lice can be a nuisance but they have not been shown to spread disease. Personal hygiene or cleanliness in the home or school has nothing to do with getting head lice.

    Both the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the National Association of School Nurses (NASN) advocate that “no-nit” policies should be discontinued. “No-nit” policies that require a child to be free of nits before they can return to schools should be discontinued for the following reasons:

    • Many nits are more than ¼ inch from the scalp. Such nits are usually not viable and very unlikely to hatch to become crawling lice, or may in fact be empty shells, also known as ‘casings’.
    • Nits are cemented to hair shafts and are very unlikely to be transferred successfully to other people.
    • The burden of unnecessary absenteeism to the students, families and communities far outweighs the risks associated with head lice.
    • Misdiagnosis of nits is very common during nit checks conducted by nonmedical personnel.

    Frequently Asked Questions about Adenovirus


    Precautions to help avoid getting sick follow:

    ·  Eat a healthy diet and get enough sleep to help keep us strong.

    ·  Hand washing is our best line of defense. Wash your hands before coming to school and after lunch. Use hand sanitizers frequently during the day.

    ·  If you have to cough or sneeze, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or use the upper portion of your sleeve, not your hands. Put the used tissue in the waste basket.

    ·  Cleanse your hands after coughing and sneezing. Purell is available in the classroom for students to cleanse their hands. When using Purell, as with any other alcohol based products, it should be applied to your hands and rubbed in until your hands are dry. Care should be taken not to have Purell type products make contact with your eyes as it can be irritating.

    ·  If you do develop flu symptoms such as fever, body aches, sore throat, headache, or cough, you must stay home until you are fever free and symptom free for 24 hours without Advil or Tylenol.

    ·  If you have a pre-existing health condition, then please contact your physician.

    ·  When calling your child in ill, please be specific concerning your child's symptoms. We monitor the attendance daily and are working closely with the Westfield Department of Health.



    Karen Lukacovic, School Nurse