It is the responsibility of the parents/guardians to keep an eye out for head lice as it can spread easily from head to head. You are encouraged to periodically check your child’s hair for head lice and nits at home throughout the school year. It is also a good idea to remind your child NOT to share hats, scarves, jackets, coats, sweaters, hooded sweatshirts, and hair brushes/combs, etc. with other children …even if it is their friend’s.
It is not an evidenced based school nurse practice to do individual head checks or head checks of an entire classroom while in school to screen for lice or nits as had been done in the past, even if there are several known cases of head lice. A letter will not be sent home if there is a confirmed case of lice within a classroom.
Head lice are fairly common among school-aged children and although they are icky to think about there is no cause for fear or alarm. Don’t worry – a case of lice does not mean the infested person has poor hygiene. Lice infest both clean and dirty heads alike, and actually prefer clean heads.
If LICE / NITS ARE FOUND, use the process outlined below to eliminate them:
1. Treat heads with a lice & egg-killing solution shampoo (such as Nix or RID).
2. Remove any remaining eggs with a durable fine-tooth comb.
3. Kill any remaining lice in your home. Vacuum all carpets and upholstered surfaces, hot wash & dry (at least 20 min) all exposed clothing and linens, and for non-washable items, dry clean or tightly seal in a plastic bag for 3 days. Larger items, like couches and beds, can be treated with a Lice Control Spray.
A student can return to the classroom after being treated with the lice killing shampoo.
If you have any questions about lice or how to eliminate them, please contact your healthcare professional for support and advice. You may also visit www.nixlice.com for illustrated instructions and good visuals on head lice detection and elimination.