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LICE SITUATION IN ELLICOTTVILLE IS UPDATED SCHOOL NURSE SAYS THERE HAVE BEEN NO CASES SINCE START OF SCHOOL YEAR

ELLICOTTVILLE -- Ellicottville Central School officials say there have been no cases of head lice in the first grade since the beginning of the school year, when 12 children were sent home during a two week period.

A report of recurring problems for one first-grader was presented by a parent during a recent meeting of the School Board, which decided to contact the Cattaraugus County Health Department.

But school administrators later decided against making contact.

School nurse Diana Golley said there have been about eight cases of head lice involving children from other classrooms since the beginning of the school year.

"I contacted Public Health myself because (the first-grade infestation) was driving me nuts," said Mrs. Golley, who noted the Health Department's advice was followed and the problem was resolved.

"That was rectified immediately," said Elementary School Principal Margaret DiTanna about the outbreak in September. Mrs. Golley said she and school custodians followed the Health Department's advice.

"The first grades were thoroughly cleaned. Rugs were shampooed, furniture was washed and the coatroom was washed down," she said.

Mrs. Golley said the subsequent cases of head lice have not been concentrated in any one classroom but were scattered throughout the school.

She said all schools have yearly problems with head lice, usually in younger children who "like to play with each other's hair and share hats." Mrs. Golley said she makes a routine check of kindergarten through fourth-grade pupils in September or October of every school year. When a case of head lice is found, she personally checks all the children in the classroom, sending children who have lice home for treatment.

All parents of children in that classroom then receive written notices and instructions on how to inspect their own children, she said.

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