Cambria Grammar School’s hourlong open house at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 14, will be immediately preceded by an information session on a topic that could make you squeamish: head lice.
About 6 p.m., a half-hour before the open house itself officially begins, nurse-practitioner Cesilia “CeCe” Lomeli and Holly Conrow, office manager for Community Health Centers of the Central Coast, will explain what the highly contagious infestations are, how they happen and what parents can, should and must do to get rid of them. The medical duo will answer questions and hand out free nit comb kits donated by CHC.
Apparently, about 20 cases of the infestation were reported between Thanksgiving and Christmas, according to school nurse Lindsay Workman, with some of them being repeat infestations on the same children.
Conrow said there is no “head lice” season, and the infestations usually start with younger kids, but can spread throughout the entire family and from student to student. That’s why it’s important for parents to recognize the infestation quickly, treat it according to instructions and notify the school, so officials can watch for other cases.
“It’s not so much about anyone being unclean,” Conrow said. Students can become infested “from someone at the store, at a sports game, at a park, at church.”
The school’s PTA requested the presentation.