Lice are no doubt a huge nuisance, but with prompt and proper treatment, lice can be easily remedied and their spread can be controlled.
- There is a possibility that your child may be exposed to head lice during the school year. Shared hats, clothing, brushes, pillows and other personal items encourage the spread of lice. Reinforce the rhyme to your children “what touches hair we do not share” to lessen their risk of exposure to lice. Personal hygiene or cleanliness in the home or school has nothing to do with getting head lice - transmission all has to do with exposure.
- If you your child comes home with a notice of exposure letter, that means that a nurse has performed an initial head check on your child and did not find any nits or lice. It is important for you to continue to check your child's head daily though.
- If you find lice or nits in your child’s hair, please notify your school nurse as soon as possible. Ask your pediatrician to recommend a lice-killing product and be sure to use the product only as directed. Be sure to read and understand these specific instructions according to manufacturer.
- You should also notify everyone that has been in contact with your child. This includes friends, family members, carpool buddies, teammates, playdates, etc. Although it is a tough call to make, prompt notification of exposure reduces risk of continued transmission and reinfestation.
- Please note - there are no homeopathic or “old wives’ tale” treatments proven to be effective in eliminating lice or nits. It is best practice to use FDA approved treatments for lice.
STAFFORD TOWNSHIP SCHOOL DISTRICT HAS A NO-NIT POLICY
- THIS MEANS THAT ALL NITS MUST BE REMOVED BEFORE YOUR CHILD CAN RETURN TO SCHOOL OR RIDE THE BUS.
After treatment and thorough combing, you may You must drive your child to school and have them checked by the nurse to ensure they are nit-free.
- Feel free to call if you have any questions or concerns. While lice are a huge nuisance, they are not disease spreading and infestation is self-limiting. By following Stafford's no-nit policy as well as prompt notification, we can try to limit their transmission as much as possible. Thank you for your cooperation.
ONLINE RESOURCES & VIDEOS
- If the thought of identifying or treating lice seems overwhelming, please note there are a lot of resources to help you through the process. The information below may help you to understand and deal with this problem.
- WHAT ARE HEAD LICE?
Head lice are one of three species of lice, small insects that prey on humans. They are parasites, which mean that they look for a host to feed on and lay their eggs, in this case the human scalp. The scalp usually begins to itch when lice begin to feed.
- HOW CAN I TELL IF MY CHILD HAS LICE?
Adult female lice lay eggs (nits) close to the scalp, tightly attached to the hair shaft. Nits are small, oval, and silvery-white; they look like dandruff, but are difficult to remove. A bright, direct light is needed to see the nits.
These videos are an excellent resource to walk you through treating your child as well as your home:
CDC website offers clear written instruction on getting rid of lice:
- ENGLISH - https://www.cdc.gov/parasites/lice/head/treatment.html
- SPANISH - https://www.cdc.gov/parasites/lice/head/es/tratamiento.html
Here is FAQs and Lice Overview info sheet from the National Association of School Nurses (English & Spanish):
VISUAL AIDS & EXAMPLES OF NITS/LICE: