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by Jennifer Batz - Wednesday, December 13, 2017, 11:45 AM

Dear Parents,

There have been several cases of head lice reported in both kindergarten and first grade. This is

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 hair products.

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 products.

3.     Check all members of the family.

4.     Please contact the school nurse at 793-6130 Ext. 5509.

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 nit policy.