Head Lice Information
There are many misconceptions about head lice which have stigmatized the condition and caused unnecessary anxiety and distress for many parents. Head lice are not dangerous and do not transmit disease. Children attending preschool or elementary school are the most commonly affected because they tend to play close together. Health Services staff are knowledgeable regarding head lice eradication. Our goal is to support families when faced with a head lice infestation and minimize classroom disruptions due to head lice. For additional information, refer to "Head Lice 101" and "Facing Head Lice".
What can parents do to prevent head lice?
- Check your child's scalp for lice and nits (lice eggs) routinely throughout the school year. Not sure what to look for? Refer to "What do Head Lice and Lice Eggs Look Like?"
- If your child has long hair, you may want to keep your child's hair in ponytails or braids to minimize hair-to-hair contact at school.
- Talk to your child about avoiding head-to-head contact with other children during school and play dates.
I found lice on my child's head. When can my child return to school?
Your child does not need to miss a full day of school and can return to school after treatment. Refer to "Head Lice Treatment".
Having trouble getting rid of head lice?
Please contact the Licensed School Nurse in your child's building for additional support and resources.
- If your child is found to have live lice and/or nits within 1/2 inch from the scalp, a parent/guardian will be notified.
- Please notify the school Health Office if your child has live lice and/or nits.
- To effectively communicate with parents regarding head lice, a notice via Campus Messenger will be sent when 10% of students in a classroom have been reported to have head lice within a 2 week period.