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Notification of Field Trip
Your child is scheduled to take part in an outdoor activity in an area that ticks may inhabit.
While we will take every precaution to prevent unnecessary exposure, you should thoroughly
check your child’s body when s/he returns home and for 2 to 3 days following the trip. Below
are suggestions from California Lyme Disease Association on how to protect your child from
tick-borne diseases and what you should do if your child is bitten. Lyme disease can be serious!
Avoid tick-infested areas, such as leaf
litter under trees. Avoid brushing
against long grasses on edges of paths.
Don’t sit on fallen logs.
Use fine-point tweezers or a special
tick-removing tool. Grasp the tick as
close to the skin as possible.
Pull the tick straight out with steady,
even pressure.
Place the tick in a small plastic bag or
vial with blades of grass, leaf, or moist
(not wet) piece of tissue.
Note the child’s name, date, site of bite
and how long tick was attached.
Wear light-colored long pants and long
sleeves so you can easily see any ticks.
Tuck shirt into pants and tuck pants
into socks.
Use DEET on skin and treat clothing
with spray containing permethrin.
(Wash off repellent after child returns.)
Have the tick identified & tested by a
lab, health department or veterinarian.
Do a thorough tick check upon
returning inside and for several days
following exposure.
Wash your hands, disinfect the
tweezers & bite site.
Educate yourself about tick-borne
diseases and consult a doctor to see if
treatment is warranted.
Ticks, especially nymphal ticks, are
tiny. Try to find and remove them
before they bite.
Visit CALDA’s website for more
Scale: 1 inch
Children should be taught to seek adult help for tick removal. Improper removal can increase
risk of disease transmission. Do not prick, crush, burn or try to smother the tick as it may
release infected fluids. Children can be bitten anywhere on their body, but are more often bitten
around the head and neck. Check for several days for ticks you may have missed earlier.
Teacher’s Name ______________________________________________________________
Date of Trip__________________________________________________________________
Location of Trip_______________________________________________________________
******** Please dress your child appropriately!! ********
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