Head Lice Detected:
January 29, 2021:
This is a reminder that head lice are a community problem brought into the schools unintentionally by unsuspecting children. The peak time that children become infested with head lice is in the summer, because of sleep-away camps, slumber parties, and vacationing. However, because head lice are so small, and because symptoms of itching may not develop for weeks or even months after infestation, parents and children alike often do not even know there is a problem unless the parent inspects a child’s head closely and often.
This is the time of year in the Fall when we start to see some cases of head lice on children in school. This is a good opportunity to begin looking carefully through your young child’s scalp at least once a day if you notice that your child is scratching their scalp more than usual. If you see any stage of the head louse, nits (eggs) attached to the hair shaft that are hard to remove or live lice, your child needs to be treated, and the nits removed before you send your child back to school.
Adequate treatment requires four ounces per six inches of hair of an over-the-counter product you choose and use exactly according to package instructions, which will include repeating the treatment in a week to ten days.
As children participate in physical education and other school activities, close contact can occur, especially in contact activities or sports. There are inherent risks to all close contact activities and sports, including the transmission of various infections or infestations, like impetigo, scabies, ringworm, and lice. We encourage parents to inspect their children on a regular basis and to discuss any medical concerns they notice with their private health care providers. Head lice are a nuisance, but they are treatable and are not life threatening. The district monitors carefully every instance of any potentially contagious condition, and the school nurse works closely with everyone involved to ensure the health, safety, and dignity of every child. Your own physician is an excellent resource for you if you have any questions or if you find that an over-the-counter treatment does not help. Your school nurse can help you with specific issues related to your child’s attendance in school.
REMEMBER, THE SINGLE MOST IMPORTANT WAY TO PREVENT A HEAD LICE PROBLEM IN SCHOOL IS SURVEILLANCE BY THE PARENT AT HOME. Thank you for your cooperation.