PEDICULOSIS CAPITIS (Head Lice):
A current infestation of head lice is determined by either the observation of a louse or nits (eggs) on the hair shaft 1/2 inch or less from the scalp. The position of eggs on the hair shaft can distinguish between current and past infestations because female lice attach their eggs to the hair shaft near the scalp.
When the presence of active pediculosis has been confirmed the nurse or Principal/Assistant Principal should make the initial contact with the parent. Any ACTIVE case of head lice will be sent home.
Please note that absence(s) due to head lice may be unexcused. A student may return to school after the use of an approved medicated head lice shampoo. The nurse or principal must check the student before the child may be readmitted to class. A child will be excluded from class when live lice are present on the sclap/hair. A child will not be excluded from school with only the presence of nits (eggs).
The parent/guardian will be given a letter stating their child(ren) appear to have pediculosis (head lice) with helpful tips on treating and managing head lice.
HOME ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT OF PEDICULOSIS (HEAD LICE)
1. Machine wash all washable clothing and bed linens in hot water (140° F) and dry them for 20 minutes in a hot air dryer.
2. Soak combs, brushes, head bands, etc., in lice shampoo for one hour, or boil in 150° F water for 5 to 10 minutes.
3. Thoroughly vacuum carpets, pillows, mattresses, rugs, stuffed animals, upholstered furniture and car seats.
4. Discourage body contact and the sharing of personal articles among children.
5. Place non-washable items or those difficult to launder or vacuum in a tightly sealed plastic bag for two weeks.