There have been
several cases of head lice reported in both kindergarten and first grade. This
not uncommon for this
age group in kindergarten and first grade.
The two biggest myths
about head lice are:
1. Head lice fly or jump from head to head …
False… They crawl (not fly
or jump); no one is immune to head lice; anyone who is in close contact (head
to head), to someone who already has the parasite is at risk.
2. Only dirty people contact head lice … False… Personal hygiene or cleanliness in the home
have nothing to do with getting head lice. They prefer clean hair so they can
hang on and move around freely. They are not fond of hair spray, gels and other
Anyone can get head lice!
Steps to prevent the
spread of head lice:
1. Avoid head-to-head (hair-to-hair) contact
during play and other activities at home, school, etc. (It is recommended to
keep girl’s hair braided or in a ponytail and boy’s hair short) Using hair
products that make the hair stiff may also help.
2. Check hair each night.
3. Do not share clothing such as hats, scarves,
sports uniforms and headgear, hair ribbons, etc.
4. Do not share combs, brushes, linens or towels.
5. At school, if a student is identified with
nits/lice, coats in that classroom are put into plastic bags and sealed and the
custodial dept. is notified. Any child who is identified to have head lice or
nits is sent home. Every student from that class is then checked and rechecked
every 2 to 3 days.
If you have any questions,
or if your child is scratching his/her head call Mrs. Kaessler in the morning.
She’ll give you an appointment to check your child’s head.
What to do if your
child has head lice:
1. Speak to your pediatrician about the best
products and services available.
2. Make sure to follow all instructions on
3. Check all members of the family.
4. Please contact the school nurse at 793-6130
5. Remove all nits.
6. Wash clothes, bed linens and towels in hot
water. Bag stuffed animals.
7. Soak combs, brushes, etc. in hot water.
8. Vacuum everywhere including car seats, rugs
and sofas (anyplace that has contact with your child’s head).
In order to return to
school, a parent must bring the child to the nurse’s office at 8:30 a.m. to be
cleared before the child is allowed to return to their classroom. We have a no