FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHAT HAPPENS IF MY STUDENT IS FOUND TO HAVE HEAD LICE AT SCHOOL?
If your student is discovered by the nurse or other school personnel then you will be contacted. A treatment plan and follow up assessment will be coordinated with the school nurse. The nurse will decide if the student can remain in class until the end of the day or if it’s in the best interest of the student to go home early. Treatment by the parent should be completed the day the student was found to have head lice. The student should be allowed to return to school the next day after treatment is started. Follow up assessments will be conducted at the nurse’s discretion.
WHY AREN’T KIDS SENT HOME?
Once a student is sent to the nurse for a lice check, they have already had the lice for about 3 or more weeks; therefore, classmates have already been exposed over several weeks. Lice do not transmit disease or pose a health threat. Students can be allowed to stay to finish the school day and be treated at the end of the day. This reduces missed class time, embarrassment and bullying.
WHY AREN’T CLASSROOM CHECKS DONE?
Classroom checks have not been proven to help reduce the spread of lice. Parents are encouraged to check their child’s hair weekly during the school year. It can take up to 3 weeks to detect a student has head lice and during this time lice can still be spread through direct contact. For this reason, classroom checks are ineffective in reducing the spread of lice.
WHICH PRODUCT SHOULD BE USED TO TREAT FOR HEAD LICE?
Choice of treatment is at the parent’s discretion. Remember that in addition to whichever treatment is used, nit combing must be completed. Remaining consistent with nit combing is imperative to the eradication of head lice. When performed properly nit combing removes lice and nits. Nit combing should be completed on a daily basis when the hair is wet until your child is lice and nit free.
SHOULD EVERYONE IN THE HOUSE BE TREATED FOR LICE?
Everyone in the house should be checked for lice and only those with lice should be treated.
HOW CAN ONE TELL IF LICE EGGS ARE DEAD OR ALIVE?
All lice eggs should be removed from the hair regardless if they are viable or not to ensure complete eradication of the lice infestation.
DO PETS GET HEAD LICE?
No. Head lice need human blood to survive and therefore cannot be caught from pets.
DO HEAD LICE TRANSMIT DISEASE?
Head lice are a nuisance but have not been shown to spread disease.
WHY DOES MY CHILD KEEP GETTING LICE?
If your child has reoccurring lice infestations, chances are they are being re-infested because:
Some nits/eggs were left in the hair
Treatment of choice was ineffective
The sharing of personal items is still occurring
Direct contact with someone who still has lice is still occurring
For more information please visit: CDC Information on lice