Parents should be checking their child’s hair weekly and educating their child to avoid direct head to head contact with other children to prevent the possibility of getting lice. Monthly newsletters across SUSD schools have this reminder. For this reason, SUSD does not send letters to classrooms nor do entire classroom lice checks.
The best practice is for parents to check weekly, not when a letter is sent.
- Lice are small insects that can live in hair on your head.
- Head lice are specific to the human head. They will not travel to other parts of your body. They will not survive on the family cat or dog. Lice will die if off the human head in 24-72 hours.
- Lice do not carry or transmit disease.
- Lice crawl. They cannot jump or fly.
- The easiest way to spread lice is head-to-head contact. They crawl from one head to the next quickly. When a person has lice, 99% of the infestation is in the hair, and only 1% in the environment.
- Sometimes you can get lice from sharing hats, combs, and hair accessories. If you have lice, and a louse (that’s the singular for lice) climbs on your hat, and then your friend puts it on right away, she or he may get lice.
- Lice do not care if your hair is clean or dirty; they like your scalp…dirty, clean and in-between all are all a perfect home for lice.
- Lice eggs are called nits. They are little and might get confused with dry skin, flakes. Nits are usually close to your scalp and really hard to remove. Dry skin or flakes will easily brush away. Nits will not. They are “glued” to hair.
- A female louse can lay about 10 eggs a day. These eggs are a distinct tear drop shaped.
- Getting lice is very common! Between 6 MILLION and 12 MILLION kids ages 3-12 get lice each year.
- Shampoo specially made for lice is used to treat lice.
Prevention Of Lice
- No direct contact with your head to another students head.
- No sharing hats, combs or hair accessories.
- If you sleep over at a friend’s house, bring your own pillow and sleeping bag.
- Parents check your hair weekly.
- If your scalp feels itchy, have your School Nurse or parent check your hair.
For more information including the SUSD guidelines and Identification/Treatment see below.