Nurse’s Notes: Head Lice

nurses-notesMany things have “seasons” and will naturally come and go. Unfortunately, head lice are not among these things. The occurrence of lice doesn’t really change throughout the year, and so we must always be on the look out for them in the school community.

A few facts to note: Lice can affect anyone, regardless of background or hygiene. Lice cannot fly or jump, and they are not normally transferred during direct head-to-head contact. Prompt identification and treatment is the surest way to stop the spread of these pesky insects.

Remind your children to be aware of their surroundings and not to share items that touch their heads, like hats, combs, helmets, headphones, etc. Check your child’s hair for evidence of head lice, routinely. Information on how to identify head lice is readily available online and many of the tutorials have accompanying pictures. If you suspect your child has lice, please notify the school nurse.