Head lice in school-aged children are common in the United States, and all socio-economic groups are affected. A head louse is a tiny, wingless insect that can attach to a person’s hair. They do not fly or jump, and they do not spread disease. The eggs (nits) are seen more commonly than lice in children’s hair. Head lice are most commonly spread by head-to-head contact.
Treatment with an approved head lice product is necessary to get rid of nits/head lice from your child’s hair.
Teach your child not to share combs, brushes, hats, ribbons, and other personal items with other children. Periodically, check your child’s hair for signs of head lice. Please be aware that hair length does not influence infestation; therefore, there is no need to cut the hair.
Your child should not miss one day of school due to nits or lice. We ask that your child return to school the following school day, after treatment. Nits/head lice are not considered to be a communicable disease, but if a chronic, untreated infestation persists, your child may be sent home from school until treated. The school nurse/health clerk may check your child after treatment in order to assist you in managing head lice.
If you have questions, and if we can be of assistance, feel free to contact your school nurse.