Friday, September 23, 2016

PSAT Sign-up

PSAT October 15th.  If you would like to take the PSAT, please sign up in the Counseling Office now through October 12th (or space runs out).  $25 made out to BHS (Bedford High School).

Head lice Information

Head Lice Information

Bedford School District Policy

Head lice—A student with a confirmed case of head lice may return to school only after treatment, preferably with a product such as RID or NIX.  All cases of lice must be reported to the school nurse, and students must be cleared by the nurse before returning to class.  It is not necessary to be nit-free to attend school, however students with live lice will be sent home; students with an excessive or increased number of nits may be sent home at the discretion of the nurse.

Helpful Hints:
     
      A Rid or Nix treatment should only be performed when there is evidence of nits or live lice.
       Do not treat hair prophylactically!

  • Use pesticide shampoos according to package directions.  DO NOT OVERUSE. Doing so may result in the development of product-resistant super lice.
  • Between Nix /Rid treatments, you may do the following:
Apply equal parts of oil and vinegar to hair and cover with shower or swim cap for 2 hours.
Then wash hair w/ Dawn dish detergent (blue basic formula) to remove oil, wash again
with shampoo /conditioner and comb out nits  
  • Nit pick daily and check in different settings (sunlight, bright overhead light, also with wet and dry hair); Check ALL body hair.
  • VACUUM  often...including car, upholstered furniture in frequently used living areas
  • Bag clothing, throw pillows, stuffed animals, sports gear, etc--anything that you don’t want/ can’t wash and dry using hot setting--for 3 weeks (the life cycle of a nit).
Please see supplemental information below

Links:
Kid’s Head Lice  http://www.kidsheadlice.com/
Nit Free Terminator Lice Comb-- Available at Amazon. Copy/ paste the following link:    

Professional Services in NH: http://www.kidsheadlice.com/new-hampshire-lice.html

What are head lice?
The head louse, or Pediculus humanus capitis, is a parasitic insect that can be found on the head, eyebrows, and eyelashes of people. Head lice feed on human blood several times a day and live close to the human scalp. Head lice are not known to spread disease.

What do head lice look like?
Head lice have three forms: the egg (also called a nit), the nymph, and the adult.

   
Actual size of the three lice forms compared to a penny. (CDC Photo)


Illustration of egg on a hair shaft. (CDC Photo)

Egg/Nit: Nits are lice eggs laid by the adult female head louse at the base of the hair shaft nearest the scalp. Nits are firmly attached to the hair shaft and are oval-shaped and very small (about the size of a knot in thread) and hard to see. Nits often appear yellow or white although live nits sometimes appear to be the same color as the hair of the infested person. Nits are often confused with dandruff, scabs, or hair spray droplets. Head lice nits usually take about 8–9 days to hatch. Eggs that are likely to hatch are usually located no more than ¼ inch from the base of the hair shaft. Nits located further than ¼ inch from the base of hair shaft may very well be already hatched, non-viable nits, or empty nits or casings. This is difficult to distinguish with the naked eye

Who is at risk for getting head lice?

Head lice move by crawling; they cannot hop or fly. Head lice are spread by direct contact with the hair of an infested person. Anyone who comes in head-to-head contact with someone who already has head lice is at greatest risk. Spread by contact with clothing (such as hats, scarves, coats) or other personal items (such as combs, brushes, or towels) used by an infested person is uncommon. Personal hygiene or cleanliness in the home or school has nothing to do with getting head lice.

Treat the infested person(s): Requires using an Over-the-counter (OTC) or prescription medication. Follow these treatment steps:
  1. Before applying treatment, it may be helpful to remove clothing that can become wet or stained during treatment.
  2. Apply lice medicine, also called pediculicide, according to the instructions contained in the box or printed on the label. If the infested person has very long hair (longer than shoulder length), it may be necessary to use a second bottle. Pay special attention to instructions on the label or in the box regarding how long the medication should be left on the hair and how it should be washed out.
  3. Do not use a combination shampoo/conditioner, or conditioner before using lice medicine. Do not re–wash the hair for 1–2 days after the lice medicine is removed.
  4. Have the infested person put on clean clothing after treatment.
  5. If a few live lice are still found 8–12 hours after treatment, but are moving more slowly than before, do not retreat. The medicine may take longer to kill all the lice. Comb dead and any remaining live lice out of the hair using a fine–toothed nit comb.
  6. If, after 8–12 hours of treatment, no dead lice are found and lice seem as active as before, the medicine may not be working. Do not retreat until speaking with your healthcare provider; a different pediculicide may be necessary. If your healthcare provider recommends a different pediculicide, carefully follow the treatment instructions contained in the box or printed on the label.
  7. Nit (head lice egg) combs, often found in lice medicine packages, should be used to comb nits and lice from the hair shaft. Many flea combs made for cats and dogs are also effective.
  8. After each treatment, checking the hair and combing with a nit comb to remove nits and lice every 2–3 days may decrease the chance of self–reinfestation. Continue to check for 2–3 weeks to be sure all lice and nits are gone. Nit removal is not needed when treating with spinosad topical suspension.
  9. Retreatment is meant to kill any surviving hatched lice before they produce new eggs. For some drugs, retreatment is recommended routinely about a week after the first treatment (7–9 days, depending on the drug) and for others only if crawling lice are seen during this period. Retreatment with lindane shampoo is not recommended

Supplemental Measures: Head lice do not survive long if they fall off a person and cannot feed. You don't need to spend a lot of time or money on housecleaning activities. Follow these steps to help avoid re–infestation by lice that have recently fallen off the hair or crawled onto clothing or furniture.
  1. Machine wash and dry clothing, bed linens, and other items that the infested person wore or used during the 2 days before treatment using the hot water (130°F) laundry cycle and the high heat drying cycle. Clothing and items that are not washable can be dry–cleaned
OR
  1. sealed in a plastic bag and stored for 3 weeks.
  2. Soak combs and brushes in hot water (at least 130°F) for 5–10 minutes.
  3. Vacuum the floor and furniture, particularly where the infested person sat or lay. However, the risk of getting infested by a louse that has fallen onto a rug or carpet or furniture is very small. Head lice survive less than 1–2 days if they fall off a person and cannot feed; nits cannot hatch and usually die within a week if they are not kept at the same temperature as that found close to the human scalp. Spending much time and money on housecleaning activities is not necessary to avoid reinfestation by lice or nits that may have fallen off the head or crawled onto furniture or clothing.
  4. Do not use fumigant sprays; they can be toxic if inhaled or absorbed through the skin

Over-the-counter Medications

Many head lice medications are available "Over-the-counter" without a prescription at a local drug store or pharmacy. Each Over-the-counter product approved by the FDA for the treatment of head lice contains one of the following active ingredients. If crawling lice are still seen after a full course of treatment contact your health care provider.
  1. Pyrethrins combined with piperonyl butoxide;
  2. Brand name products: A–200*, Pronto*, R&C*, Rid*, Triple X*.
  3. Pyrethrins are naturally occurring pyrethroid extracts from the chrysanthemum flower. Pyrethrins are safe and effective when used as directed. Pyrethrins can only kill live lice, not unhatched eggs (nits). A second treatment is recommended 9 to 10 days after the first treatment to kill any newly hatched lice before they can produce new eggs. Pyrethrins generally should not be used by persons who are allergic to chrysanthemums or ragweed. Pyrethrin is approved for use on children 2 years of age and older.
  4. Permethrin lotion, 1%;
  5. Brand name product: Nix*.
  6. Permethrin is a synthetic pyrethroid similar to naturally occurring pyrethrins. Permethrin lotion 1% is approved by the FDA for the treatment of head lice. Permethrin is safe and effective when used as directed. Permethrin kills live lice but not unhatched eggs. Permethrin may continue to kill newly hatched lice for several days after treatment. A second treatment often is necessary on day 9 to kill any newly hatched lice before they can produce new eggs. Permethrin is approved for use on children 2 months of age and older

Prescription Medications

Stronger medications approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of head lice are available only by prescription. If crawling lice are still seen after a full course of treatment, contact your health care provider.
When treating head lice:
  1. Do not use extra amounts of any lice medication unless instructed to do so by your physician and pharmacist. The drugs used to treat lice are insecticides and can be dangerous if they are misused or overused.
  2. All the medications listed above should be kept out of the eyes. If they get onto the eyes, they should be immediately flushed away.
  3. Do not treat an infested person more than 2–3 times with the same medication if it does not seem to be working. This may be caused by using the medicine incorrectly or by resistance to the medicine. Always seek the advice of your health care provider if this should happen. He/she may recommend an alternative medication.
  4. Do not use different head lice drugs at the same time unless instructed to do so by your physician and pharmacist.




The information above was taken from the websites.

BHS Music Department 3rd Annual Mattress Fundraiser

The Bedford High School Music Department will hold its 3rd Annual Mattress Fundraiser on Sunday, October 9, 10am - 4pm in the Bedford High School cafeteria.

Save up to 50% off retail prices!  Mattresses are brand new with full factory warranties. All sizes are available and include name brands like Simmons Beautyrest.  Cash, Check and credit card will be accepted and every purchase benefits the BHS Music Department.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

$5 Admission for Friday Night's Football Game

Dear Parents,

I am looking forward to the first BHS home football game of the year.  It is this Friday, September 2 at 7:00 against Merrimack High School. 
For the first time, there will be an admission charge to the game.  Adults will be charged $5.  Students high school age and younger are free.   The School Board has given its support to the Bedford Friends of Recreation and the Bedford Bulldog Athletic Booster Club to collect these admissions.  The fees will to help pay for a plan to expand our bleachers and perhaps build team locker rooms near the field.  Please come early and have exact dollar amount if possible.
Thank you.  I hope to see you there!

Sincerely,
Chip McGee
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The mission of the Bedford School District is to develop a community of learners who are intellectually curious, resourceful, and respectful of self and others. Academic achievement, through constantly improving standards, is the district's highest priority.

Chip McGee, Superintendent of Schools
Bedford School District, 103 County Road, Bedford NH 03110
P: (603) 472-3755, F: (603) 472-2567, www.sau25.net
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