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Head Lice

Head Lice

Anderson-Shiro CISD proposes to enforce a no nit policy in order to control the spread of lice in our schools and maintain a safe and healthy environment for our students. Those students found to have lice will be sent home from school. The student must be treated at home and will be allowed back in school only after they have been examined by the school nurse and found to be free of lice. Parents will have only one day excused absence per occurrence to treat student’s hair for head lice. All lice must be removed.

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Head Lice Treatment

Head lice are a common problem, especially among school age children. This problem can affect anyone and is not a sign of poor personal hygiene or an unsanitary environment.

Human lice are small, grayish white insects, 1/6 to 1/8 inches in length. Nits are the silvery-white lice eggs, that attach to the hair. These are often found at crown of head, bottom of hair line and hair near ears.

You should suspect head lice if a family member persistently scratches his/her head or the back of the neck. You need to inspect the head for signs of infestation. If one family member is found with lice or nits, check all family members.

You can purchase medicated shampoos effective in killing head lice, at the drugstore or grocery store. Use according to the instructions on the medicated shampoo directions. After treatment, under good lighting use fingernails to remove any nits left that can not be removed by the comb provided with the shampoo.

These medicated shampoos do not kill all of the nits. This treatment must be repeated in 7 to 10days. This is because any nits not dead will hatch out during that time period.

Wash clothes, back packs, coats, towels and bed linens in hot water and detergent or have the clothes dry cleaned. Any clothing, stuffed animals or hair ribbons that can not be washed or dry cleaned must be sealed in a plastic bag for 2 weeks. This will kill the lice and any nits that may hatch out.

Wash combs, brushes and other hair care items with the same medicated shampoo used to treat the hair.

Vacuum carpets, upholstery, pillows and mattresses which may have been exposed to the person with head lice. Don’t forget about your car upholstery.