Let's keep lice on the run!
If there has been a report of head lice at our school it is recommended that you do regular checks of all members of your family. Head lice are passed from person to person by direct contact or on shared objects such as towels, combs, and hats. Anyone, adult or child, regardless of their hygiene habits, can get head lice. Please don’t panic.
What to look for~
- Small light or dark brown insects without wings.
- Tiny white eggs (nits) on the hair shaft.
- An intense itching on the head and neck.
What to do~
- Use an effective head lice treatment according to package directions
- Manually remove all the nits using a Lice-Meister-type comb (which can be purchased at any pharmacy).
- Launder all bedding, pajamas, towels and clothing worn by the child(ren) during the last two days. Wash in hot water, or tumble dry for 20 minutes on high.
- Check ALL members of the household at the same time and treat those who have head lice.
- Continue to check hair and comb out nits for the next 10 days or until they are all gone.
When to return to school~
- If your child is dismissed from school with active (live) lice, the following day it is required that an adult accompany he/she to school and be checked by the school nurse BEFORE the child may return to class.
Repeat treatment in 7 to 10 days after initial treatment. Please remember that just treating the hair will not eradicate the problem. Daily checking and removal of nits is very important. Remind children to avoid sharing of hair brushes, combs and direct head to head contact.
What not to do~
- Do Not Over Treat. If live lice persist after two treatments, consult with your physician for a prescription strength lice shampoo.