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CSD Head Lice Policy

February 1, 2018

Dear Parents and Guardians:

It is not uncommon in the course of the school year for head lice to be detected in students. This letter is to inform you that a few of our students recently experienced a case of pesky lice, and are back in school following successful treatent. We felt some reminders for lice detection would be in order.

HOW DO I KNOW IF MY CHILD HAS HEAD LICE

Intense itching and scratching of the head/scalp are typical signs: especially behind the ears and near the neckline at the back of the neck. You can confirm the presence of nits (eggs) and/or live lice in your child's hair by closely inspecting these areas. You can tell your child has head lice be seeing nits (eggs) and/or live lice in their hair. Nits are firmly attached to the hair shaft by a cement-like glue. nits don't move when the hair is moved, and you can't just "flick them off". Nits have to be pulled or combed out. Dandruff and hair sprays and gels are easily removed (no glue attachment). Live head lice move very fast - you have to look hard to see them. Live head lice are light grayish-tan in color and about the size of a sesame seed. 

Adult head lice live for about 20-30 days, and each female can lay up to 50 new eggs during that time. Those eggs hatch out into adult lice every 7-10 days. . .So you can see why inspecting your child's hair and scalp, early detection and prompt treatment are important. Centralia School District's current policy is a "no-nit" policy. If your child is sent home with nits/lice, a re-entry check is needed to ensure treatment was successful.

TREATMENT OPTIONS

Treatments could include FDA approved shampoos/cream rinses, or natural products, followed by a comb out for any nits that might remain. A nit left behind can hatch and re-infestation can occur. A close inspection and second comb out 7-10 days following treatment (as described in the second paragraph above) is recommended to protect against re-infestation. 

Health room staff at your child's school are ready to assist you and per your request, provide sources for additional information.

Thank you for your attention and your help.

Peggy Floyd RN - Centralia School District Nurse

Chris McGregor - District Nurse Assistant