• Head Lice Information Sheet
    Parents are urged to periodically check their children for head lice
     
    What are LICE?          woman with a magnifying glass looking   
    • Head lice are crawling insects.  They do not hop, jump, or fly.
    • Head lice have six legs equipped with claws to grasp the hair.
    • Head lice need human blood in order to survive (they cannot live on family pets).
    • Head lice can live for up to 24 hours without the human host.
    • Head lice are clear when first hatched, then quickly develop a reddish brown color after feeding.
    • Head lice can live for up to 30 days on a human host and the female louse can lay up to 100 nits (eggs).
    • Head lice are spread by direct contact (sharing of hats, scarves, brushes, etc).
    What are NITS?
    • Nits are eggs laid by live female lice.  You cannot catch "nits".
    • Nits are small yellowish or grayish-white oval shaped eggs that are "glued" on an angle to the hair shaft.
    • Nits are always the same shape; they are not irregular or fuzzy.
    • Once laid, it takes 7 to 10 days for a nit to hatch, and another 7 to 10 days for the female louse to mature and begin laying her own eggs.
    • ALL nits must be removed to control head lice.
    How do I get rid of head lice?
    • All persons in the household should be examined for the presence of lice and/or nits.  If lice and/or nits are detected, all infected persons should undergo treatment with an anti-lice shampoo.
    • Several non-prescription treatments are on the market to treat head lice and their eggs.  Please consult your doctor or pharmacist for their recommendation.
    • Before using any lice shampoo, read and follow all of the directions printed on the label.  Most head lice treatments require an additional treatment in 7 to 10 days.
    • Lice shampoos do not remove the nits.  There are special combs available to aid in the removal of nits.  You may also separate hair into sections to assist in manual removal of nits.
    • Relatives and close contacts outside the school should be notified so they can take proper action.
    • Wash all clothing, towels, and bed linens on hot cycle (desired temperature 130 degrees Fahrenheit).  Then dry on hot cycle for at least 20 minutes.
    • Items such as stuffed animals, headphones, and hats that are not machine washable must be stored in a tightly sealed plastic bag for at least two weeks. 
    • Vacuum all carpets, upholstery, mattresses, and car seats.
    • Combs, brushes, hair clips, etc., should be soaked in hot water (at least 130 degrees Fahrenheit) for at least ten minutes.
    When can my child return to school?
     
    Your child must be accompanied by a parent or representative upon return to school.  The school nurse will check the student for evidence of lice/nits.  For a student to be readmitted, they must be nit free.  After readmission to school, your child will be rechecked in one week.