Q. My child contracted lice and I am certain s/he got it from school.
A. The close proximity of children in classrooms, particularly early childhood settings, make coming into physical contact with one another a regular occurrence. Thus it's a matter of constant close proximity more than the classroom itself which make school's common locations where head lice are transmitted
Q. I am certain my child's classroom is infested with lice. Is this possible?
A. Head lice die quickly once they are no longer lodged in our scalps. The likelihood of a classroom itself being infested with lice is extremely low. It is more likely that a child has active lice and comes into contact with other children.
Q. The school is not doing enough to address lice in my child’s classroom. Why aren’t they doing more?
A. As it is with bedbugs, lice are usually brought into school from the household(s), thus making it difficult for any school system to eradicate the pest on its own. Educating parents with resources such as the document you are reading is the most proactive and effective means of addressing lice in schools.
Q. If a child has recurring head lice, shouldn’t s/he be kept out of school?
A. Head lice are not considered a health hazard and are not known to carry or transmit communicable diseases. Millions of children every school year contract head lice. Our school board policy states a child will be readmitted to school after examination by the school nurse and is found to have no head lice. We cannot keep children out of school unilaterally because they have had multiple “positive” head lice detections.
Q. What can I do at home to minimize the chance of my child having lice?
A. There are numerous ways to lessen the chance that your child(ren) will develop head lice.
- Check their hair closely in adequate light using a nit comb. They are sold at all local pharmacies such as Walgreen, CVS and Walmart. There are many YouTube videos which demonstrate how to check for and use a nit comb properly.
- Wash all bedding as often as possible, particulalry pillows and "snuggle" items.
- Place hats, scarves and any other clothing which comes into contact near or are worn on the head in the dryer on HIGH heat for at least 5 minutes. Lice die at ~130 degrees.