Communication Notice (recommended to be distributed if two or more cases are present)
We have been advised of a suspected case(s) of scabies in our classroom/school. Scabies are small mites and are often identified by the appearance of a red rash that causes severe itching, especially at night. The rash typically appears in skinfolds i.e. between fingers, toes, or in elbow creases. While scabies are a nuisance, it is not a disease, it’s a common childhood condition.
If detected, all household members need to be treated at the same time. Two treatments are often required, a week apart, in order to be effective. Exclusion from school is required until the completion of the first treatment.
Parent/guardians are encouraged to watch their child for signs of a scabies infection. If you suspect your child may have scabies, please contact a health care provider for treatment or 811 for advice. To find out more, check out this fact sheet on scabies at: https://www.caringforkids.cps.ca/handouts/health-conditions-and-treatments/scabies