Pediculosis/Head Lice

Although the school nurses may assist parents by screening for head lice, it is especially difficult to detect head lice in the early stages. Therefore, it is very important that parents check their child periodically throughout the year. It is with parents’ help that we can best control the spread of head lice.  We are providing the following information to help you in doing this.

Characteristics of Head Lice

Close head-to-head contact is the primary way head lice are spread. Lice do not hop or fly, they crawl. Lice are not a health hazard and are not responsible for the spread of any disease. They are not associated with poor hygiene or an unclean home.  The most common symptom of head lice is an itchy scalp, especially behind the ears and at the nape of the neck, although not everyone feels itchy.  To check for lice, part your child’s hair and look at the scalp for nits or eggs, small white or yellow brown specks that are firmly attached to the hair shafts.  Adult lice are more difficult to spot because they are extremely small, about the size of a sesame seed, and will move quickly away when exposed to light.

Please let your school nurse know if nits or lice are found.  Your school nurse can provide you with additional information about head lice. For treatment recommendations we recommend you contact your health care provider.  Children should be reminded not to share personal items such as combs, brushes, and hats. 

Please contact your health care provider and/or your school nurse if you have any questions 

You may print a copy of this information by downloading this pediculosis/head lice document.

(Please note that when there is a case of head lice in a classroom, this letter is sent home with all students in that grade level. We are providing it here so you can access the information at any time.)

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