Head lice are:
- common among children ages 3-11.
- not related to cleanliness/good hygiene.
- spread by extended direct head to head contact.
- totally dependent upon a human host to live and typically die within 24 hours without one
- not a public health risk, so there is no need to alert parents of lice cases.
Our district policy:
- send students home when there are live lice.
- prohibits readmission to school without a lice check.
- If a student still has living lice, they will be sent back home for further treatment.
It is not our district's practice to check the heads of all our students in a class or grade. A student may be referred for a lice check if they are continually scratching their head or lice are visible.
WHAT PARENTS CAN DO
5 EASY STEPS:
1. Check your student's head periodically for lice
2. Treat lice infestation if found and remove any nits if lice are found (nits can hatch later and cause reinfestation)
3. Wash bedding in hot water and dry on high heat/ vacuum soft surfaces (mattresses, carpets, couch, etc.)
4. Check family member's heads and treat if indicated.
5. Retreat affected family members in 7-10 days (per manufacurer's recommendation) in the event nits have hatched.