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Head Lice Reminder
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This is the time of year when we do see cases of head lice in the school setting. Please contact the school office if you child has head lice. There is important information on head lice on the Head Lice Toolbox page on the Health & Safety section of the district website. Thank you.
There is not a known case of lice at this time. The P-CCS Nurses share this information on a regular basis as an awareness and prevention message. Head lice is most common in the younger grades.
We see an increase in head lice in the school setting after school start, Halloween time, and in the weeks following holiday and school breaks. There has been a change in the head lice district guideline. We will no longer be sending classroom letters home when there is a case of head lice identified in your child’s classroom. It is important that student confidentiality is maintained. It is recommended that you check your child’s head weekly. If you do find any lice or eggs in your child’s hair, please contact the school office and the school nurse.
Head lice is often found among the school age population. It is transmitted via head to head contact. The best way to prevent getting head lice is to not share any items that touch the head especially combs, brushes and hats. Checking your child’s head a couple times a week during the school year and more often with class return to school after school breaks is important. We typically see an increase in head lice at the beginning of the school year and after vacation and school breaks. Transmission of head lice is rarely from the school environment. Head lice is most often transmitted during sleep-overs, play dates, family gatherings, after school activities such as girl scout or boy scout outings, play practices, gymnastics, and sporting events to name a few.
The LICEMEISTER comb is a very good comb to use for both prevention and treatment of head lice. The comb can be used to comb through your child’s head at least weekly as a preventive and early diagnostic measure. Any live lice will be caught in the close metal tines of the comb. Eggs will also be found on the comb. This comb is a valuable tool when treating lice. The eggs must be removed after shampooing head to kill the live lice. The eggs must be manually removed to ensure appropriate and thorough treatment. This comb will help with this. The LICEMEISTER comb (or any fine-toothed metal comb) can be found at grocery and drug stores or can be ordered at: http://www.headlice.org/licemeister/.
The HEAD LICE TOOLBOX contains a number of important educational documents that will assist you in identifying head lice, treatment of head lice, and prevention of head lice. The district guideline can also be found at this site. See http://www.pccsk12.com/departments/health-safety/head-lice-toolbox
Please contact your child’s school office if your child has head lice. The school nurse is available to help guide you through the treatment of head lice and help you in preventing any further head lice transmissions.