Head lice are tiny insects that can move very fast, which can make it difficult to find in hair. Nits are the eggs of the lice. They look like bits of dandruff in the hair, but do not flake off when touched because they are stuck to the hair. Nits may be yellowish/white or may appear a bit brown. Head lice attach their nits to the hair shaft. Nits are often found at the back of the neck and behind the ears. Fortunately, lice do not pass disease, but the sores can become infected if scratched too frequently. Lice are typically transmitted from one person to another when sharing clothes, hats, scarves, combs, brushes, helmets or during contact sports.
- Excessive itching on scap, body or genital area
- Tickling feel from movement of hair
How to prevent lice:
- Do not share clothing or other items, especially head pieces
- Store clothing/hats away from others' belongings
What to do if you believe your child has head lice:
- Use over-the-counter or prescription lice medicine & shampoo, Nix Cream Rinse (permethrin), follow directions on bottle
- Remove nits with a nit comb and by hand
- Check others in the househould or those who have had close contact
Communication from the school to parents directly and through parent and classroom education to the students will help increase the awareness for both parents and child. Parents need to continually observe their child for this potential problem and treat adequately and appropriately as necessary.
If a child in the District is found to have lice, the child's parent will be contacted to have the child treated and to pick him/her up immediately. After treatment and upon returning to school, the child will be examined by the school health staff or principal. The District practices a policy of "no live lice" as a criteria for return to school.