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Head Lice

 

Head Lice Announcement

 

Dear Parents,

 

Recently, there have been reported cases of head lice at school.  Although head lice pose no risk to your child’s health, we do recommend that you thoroughly check your child’s head for active head lice regularly over the next few weeks. Here are some key points to keep in mind:

  • The most important step you can take as a parent of elementary age children to avoid head lice infestation is to perform routine checks for head lice to spot lice before they have time to multiply and infest your child's head. If you find that your child does have head lice, please notify the office so that we can provide you with the resources and information needed to effectively treat them.

  • Though they are definitely a nuisance, head lice do NOT cause any serious illness or carry any disease. They don't put your child at risk for any serious health problems.

  • Head lice are not related to cleanliness. It doesn't matter how clean your hair or home may be or how long or short your hairstyle.

  • Head lice are crawling insects about the size of a pinhead. They cannot jump, hop or fly. The primary way head lice spread is from close, prolonged head-to-head contact - for example, during playtime, slumber parties, sports activities or camp.  Research has shown that they have low contagion in the classroom setting. Head lice typically survive for less than 1 day away from the scalp. Nits (lice eggs) rarely hatch when away from the scalp.

  • PLEASE ENCOURAGE YOUR CHILD TO AVOID SHARING HATS, BEANIES, PILLOWS (WHEN ON OVERNIGHT FIELD TRIPS), BRUSHES, COMBS, JACKETS, ETC WITH ANY OTHER STUDENT.

Please note that if you chose to use a lice shampoo, most children will require 2 separate treatments, with the second treatment between 7 and 9 days from the first treatment. Again, please keep in mind that head lice pose no risk to your child’s health.

 

As always, please email me at jmuller@newcastle.k12.ca.us for any questions or help with resources.