Pediculosis (Head Lice)
Pediculosis/head lice are tiny bugs that live on the scalp of humans. They do not have wings so they cannot fly or jump. Head lice are not found on cats, dogs or other household pets. The bites from head lice cause itching and scratching. Nits are the eggs that head lice lay. Live eggs range in colour from off-white to dark brown, and are typically half the size of a pin head. Nits stick to the hair and do not fall off if touched. After nits hatch, the shells are white. These empty shells stay on the hair as the hair grows.
Head lice are not a reflection of being unclean. Head lice are a recurring problem which can affect anyone in direct contact. Once lice are present in a classroom or school, it can be difficult to manage without a careful screening process. It is recommended that parents regularly check their children for signs of pediculosis (live lice and/or nits).
If your child has head lice, please inform the school immediately. Information and support will be provided regarding treatment.
If your child has head lice, it is recommended that he/she receive treatment immediately. Please consult with a pharmacist, health practitioner, or your family physician to determine the appropriate treatment.
Your child can return to school when all the lice have been removed from his/her hair.
For additional information, you can read the Board's Pediculosis - Policy 316