Head Lice and Schools
Unfortunately, head lice in school-aged children are a common occurrence in schools throughout the country. Our school district is no exception. There are some simple steps that you can take at home to drastically reduce the number of cases seen in our district each year. Control of head lice depends on prompt identification and treatment. Your help in spending 5-15 minutes inspecting your child weekly throughout the school year for the presence of head lice would make a huge difference.
The following procedure is recommended for inspecting your child for head lice:
- Under a bright light begin looking at your child’s head beginning with the area just above the back of the neck.
- Part the hair into small sections and look closely for head lice or nits (eggs). Head lice are about the size of a sesame seed. Nits are gray or whitish and attached firmly to the hair shaft near the scalp.
- If you find live lice on your child’s head, start treatment as soon as possible. Your local pharmacist or family physician can recommend appropriate treatment options.
- Notify the office staff at your child’s school. Your child can return to school the day after treatment.
- Inspect the entire family for head lice if lice are found on any family members.
North Kitsap School District has adopted a no live lice protocol. Our management protocol is based on the Harvard School of Public Health which provides an evidence based management plan for public schools. More information can be found on the Harvard School of Public Health website at http://hsph.harvard.edu/headlice.htmlor the Center for Disease Control website at http://www.cdc.gov/lice/