Head Lice - Center Point-Urbana Community School District

Head Lice

At school we follow the recommendations of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), National Association of School Nurses (NASN) and the Iowa Department of Public Health that we will not send your child home if we find live head lice or nits (eggs) on your child.  Head lice can be a nuisance but they have not been shown to spread disease.  We will call to let you know and do expect treatment before your child returns to school the next day.  The shampoo kits come with a comb that is helpful in removing the nits (eggs) that attach to the hair.

How we at school can help prevent lice:

  • Kids keep their hats, gloves and scarves tucked into coat sleeves.Kids have coats in their designated spot, they do not “throw them in a big pile”.
  • We are reminding kids not to share hats, scarves, combs, hair ties, headbands, etc with one another.

At home:

  • Remind your child to not share hats, scarves, combs, hair ties, headbands, etc.
  • Periodically check your child for nits (eggs). They are whitish in color and can be confused with dandruff.The difference is these nits (eggs) are attached to the hair and hard to remove, dandruff will flake easily.
  • Regular washing of all outdoor clothing that is sent to school (hats, gloves, scarves, coats, snow pants).Hot water wash and high heat dryer for 20-30 minutes is suggested.

The Iowa Department of Public Health has a great brochure for the treatment of head lice. 

https://idph.iowa.gov/Portals/1/userfiles/128/UPDATED_LiceBrochure_962016%20english.pdf

 

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