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Head Lice Prevention

We have already had reports of head lice this year.

This is not cause for panic. It is cause for action to be taken to prevent head lice.

It is extremely important for you to check your child’s head TODAY and to keep checking every day while we have reports of lice in our school.

Please check the pages on the nurse’s webpage for information about lice, prevention, treatment and management. If you have questions, please feel free to contact the nurse.

Control depends on case finding, effective treatments and prevention of spread. This requires teamwork between school staff and parents.

Parents are urged to help control lice by following these guidelines:

Check your child(ren)’s head weekly for lice and/or nits (eggs).

If you find signs of head lice on your child, please notify the school, child-care provider, play partners and neighborhood parents.

Check all family members for the presence of lice.

When head lice are identified, children should be treated immediately with a lice shampoo following the package instructions exactly as directed, followed by a thorough combing with a nit comb.

Nit combing is the MOST IMPORTANT lice control measure. People report that the metal lice combs or a flea comb work best. Children may return to school as soon as the treatment is completed. Daily head checks and nit removal should continue for 3 weeks until head lice are gone. After that continue with weekly checks to detect re-infestation.

Don’t share headgear, brushes, hair notions, pillows, stuffed animals with other family members.

Limit sleepovers. If you must have a sleep over, make an agreement with all the other families that each one will check their child’s hair ahead of time.

Keep long hair braided.

At the school we have increased our efforts by asking staff and students to follow the following protocols.

Students are asked to put their hats and scarves in the sleeve of their coat.

Children are asked to keep their coat on the back of their desk chair, bagged or otherwise separated from the coats of their peers.

All stuffed animals, fabric chairs, bean bags or upholstered furniture will be removed from the classroom and bagged or stored where the are not available to student use.

Staff will be attentive to discouraging children from participating in any head to head contact activities, games or play.

Children will not share headgear, brushes, hair notions, pillows, costumes, etc.

Headphones and/or helmets will be wiped between students.

Students demonstrating excessive scratching or the presence of nits or lice will be referred to the nurse for screening.

Parents will be notified of lice in the classroom. Information about lice, treatment and prevention will be provided.