HEAD LICE WHAT ARE THEY?
- Tiny Brownish colored insects that live off the scalp
- Do not transmit disease – are a public health nuisance
- Has nothing to do with cleanliness or hygiene
HOW THEY ARE SPREAD?
- Prolonged direct head to head contact – they do not jump or fly
- Sharing personal items – hats, combs/hair accessories, sports/helmets, jacket hoods, bedding, play clothes, Sleepovers #1, camps
NASN, AAP, CDC, MDH – DO NOT recommend a no-nit policy, do not recommend exclusion from valuable academic time – as once a child is diagnosed he/she has had it for 10 days to a month. Mass head checks are not proven effective.
WHAT ARE WE TO DO AS A SCHOOL?
- Each situation is unique. We inform parents immediately, inform classrooms/send letters, we will check classrooms based on the situation.
WORK AS A TEAM:
- Check at home all year long, avoid sharing of clothing, avoid head to head contact –talk to your children
For many facts and tips on Head Lice check out the MN Dept. of Health link below and the newsletter packed with information at the bottom of this page.
Minnesota Department of Health: http://www.health.state.mn.us/divs/idepc/diseases/headlice/index.html