We have recently had an increase in lice outbreaks in multiple grades and classes. To keep the head lice under control we urge you to check your child’s head every day for the next two weeks for head lice or nits (eggs).
A telltale sign of head lice is scratching of the head or complaining of itching. Nits usually appear close to the scalp behind the ears or around the nape, although they may be anywhere in the hair. They are about the size of the tip of a pencil, egg-shaped, and an almost translucent whitish, pearl color. They are attached to a single hair with a cement-like substance and so will not brush off like dandruff. Adult lice are harder to find (unless there is a large infestation) as they avoid light and can move quickly from hair to hair. Call us if you are unsure of what you see in the hair and we will assist you in checking your child.
We will continue taking measures at school to help prevent an outbreak by teaching the children about lice. We are discouraging them from exchanging clothes and personal items that could be carriers and are teaching them to hang their jackets, sweaters, and hats so that they are not touching someone else’s.
Please notify us right away if you do suspect that your child has contracted head lice. Then, we can immediately check all children with whom your child has been in contact and hopefully prevent the spreading to others.