• Head Lice Management 

    Lice are tiny insects that live in any human hair, they hatch from small eggs, called nits, which are attached to the base of individual hairs. The nits hatch in about ten days and reach maturity in about two weeks. As the louse feeds on its host, it injects saliva into the wound resulting in local irritation and itching.

    Management

    • When a case of head lice is confirmed, the parent/guardian will be notified.  The child can remain in school until the end of the school day.  The student can be transported on a school bus.  
    • When a case of head lice is confirmed, a parent advisory letter giving specific steps for treatment of head lice and re-admission to school is given to the parent/guardian of the child. 
    • When more than one (1) case of head lice is confirmed in a classroom, the entire class will be screened (any additional procedures are the responsibility of the principal).
    • When more than one (1) case of head lice is confirmed in a classroom, a class letter informing parents of the presence of and treatment of head lice is given to the child.
    • The school nurse must screen the child for re-admission to class.
    • In order to be re-admitted to school, the child must be free of live lice.
    • Absence for head lice will be considered excused (lawful absence) for a maximum of two (2) days.
    • Collaboration with daycares/childcare providers may be necessary.
    • Repeated cases of lice may need a referral (DSS, Guidance, Parent Education, administration for attendance).