Head Lice   — Latest version as of 2012-09-06 18:42:47

Head Lice

If a child is found to have head lice, parents will be called to take the child home.  In addition, a class-wide head check will be conducted, siblings checked, and a letter sent home to all families in the class.

If a child is found to have nits only (un-hatched eggs), parents will be informed immediately but the current DOE policy does not require that they be immediately picked up from the school.
Children with lice may not come back to school until they are lice free.  When a child returns to school after treatment, the TNS office staff will check the child for lice before the child returns to class.  

Signs to look for:
Head scratching and intense itching of the scalp is an indication of head lice. You can confirm this by looking closely at your child’s hair and scalp with a magnifying glass. Look for tiny grayish crawling forms or tiny oval whitish eggs (nits) sticking to the hair close to the scalp. Lice and nits are spread:

  • By using another child’s brush, comb, or other hair grooming item that is infested.
  • Wearing another child’s hat, coat, scarf or other clothing that may be infested.
  • Lying on an infested mattress, pillow, carpet or sofa.

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