Update from the Nurse
Helpful Information
Posted on 11/27/2018

Head Lice and Schools

Head lice in school-aged children is a common occurrence throughout the country and our school district is no exception. Control of head lice depends on prompt identification and treatment.  Your help in spending 5-15 minutes each week inspecting your child for the presence of head lice will help reduce the number of cases seen in our district each year.

The following procedure is recommended for inspecting your child for head lice:

  • Under a bright light, begin looking at your child’s head.  Start with the areas just above the back of the neck & behind the ears.
  • 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 health care provider can recommend appropriate treatment options.
  • Notify the office staff at your child’s school.  Your child can return to school the day after treatment provided there are no remaining live lice.  This information will be kept confidential.
  • If your child is found to have head lice, it is a good idea to check all family members for lice as well.


If you have further questions please contact your school’s nurse.  More information can be found on the Center for Disease Control website at https://www.cdc.gov/parasites/lice/head/gen_info/faqs.html