Our school, like others in area has occasional cases of pediculosis/lice.
Detection: Carefully check your child's hair and scalp for infestation. Itching and scratching of the head and neck are the most common symptoms. Lice do not fly or hop, but they crawl very quickly and can be difficult to see. You may see tear drop shaped eggs (nits) attached to the hair. It is very important to remove the eggs because they will hatch and start the infestation all over again.
Treatment: Treatment should occur before admittance to school and a recheck by the school nurse is required prior to readmission. Contact your health care provider for treatment options and recommendtions. Follow product directions exactly and use as directed.
Prevention: Remind children to avoid sharing hats, hair accessories, helmets etc. Close contact is necessary for lice to spread, refrain from hugging and other close head to head contact. Sleep-overs may need to be postponed.
We remind all parents that you are the first line of defense. Daily inspections and nit removal are key to the management and prevent re-infestation. The school nurse does not routinely screen for lice as research has shown this to be ineffective and a violation of privacy.
Wash all items that come in contact with your child's head with hot soapy water including sheets and towels. Bookbags, sleeping bags, blankets, exercise mats etc. should also be washed. Seal any non-washable items in plastic bags for 2 weeks. Vacuum often and empty the canister or throw out the bag. Missing these important steps will allow the infestation to contine. Patience and diligence are required in order to be successful.
Thank you for your cooperation.