Neosho R-5 Head Lice Policy
Neosho R-5 School District head lice policy states we are no longer a no nit school. If however live lice are found, the student is not permitted to stay at school.
- The new policy states that if nits are found in a student’s hair, the student does not have to be removed from school at that time.
- The parent/guardian of that student does need to be notified immediately by the school nurse so that treatment can begin.
- After being notified and student has been treated with head lice shampoo, the student will be rechecked in the nurse’s office 5 days following treatment so that we can stay on top of the situation.
- If at that time the student is clear of nits and live lice, no further action is needed.
- If nits are still found then student has to be treated again with head lice shampoo and the process begins all over again.
If live head lice are found on a student’s head/hair, the student is not allowed to stay at school. Even if the student has been treated with head lice shampoo, if live lice are found in a student’s hair, the student is not permitted to stay at school.
Nits are the eggs of lice and will hatch, so it is very important to treat with head lice shampoo as soon as they are found. Students cannot be excluded from school with nits only, but it is important to remove all nits (egg shafts) to prevent another infestation.
It is also necessary to treat all bed linens, clothing, personal belongings such as combs, brushes, back packs, etc. that have come in contact with the student by washing them in hot water. Vacuum furniture.
What are head lice?
Head lice are tiny wingless insects that live on the scalp. They are grey or tan in color and can vary in size from 1-3mm in length, about the size of a sesame seed.
Head lice sustain themselves by sucking blood, like mosquitoes. Eggs are laid by the adult female louse at a rate of eight to ten a day. The eggs (nits) hatch in seven to ten days. The nit appears as a clear gray-white structure, which is firmly attached to the hair shaft near the scalp with a powerful glue. After hatching, the lice becomes an adult in eight days and the female begins to lay more eggs. The lifespan of a louse is 24-25 days. An adult female may lay up to 100 eggs (nits).
Head lice can survive 12-48 hours off of a human- on a piece of clothing, stuffed animals, brushes, hats, etc….
What are the symptoms?
Itching of the scalp, especially at the back of the neck and behind the ears, is caused by bites and blood sucking activity of the head lice.
How are lice transmitted?
Direct contact-head to head with an infested person.
Indirect contact-using infested combs and brushes; wearing infested clothing, especially hats, scarves, and coats; lying on infested carpets, beds or upholstered furniture.
How are head lice treated?
Use either an over-the-counter pediculocide (Rid, Ovide,Nix, Lice Ice) to kill head lice. Lycelle, a treatment product, is now over the counter and helps to get rid of the super bugs that are being talked about (the head lice that have become resistant to the over-the-counter treatments). If you have Medicaid, you may be able to call your doctor and have them call you in a prescription that kills the super bugs and helps prevent head lice.
Follow the package directions and manually remove all lice and nits. Examine the head under a bright natural light. Head lice may be hard to detect because they move quickly and are very small. Newly-laid eggs are almost transparent, examine the head from different angles of light by moving around the child while examining the head. Part the hair and closely examine the nape of the neck and behind the ears. To tell the difference between eggs and dandruff, try to dislodge them from the hair shaft. If they are not easily removed, they are probably eggs.
Carefully comb out the nits. Combing can be tedious. It is important to use a good lice comb. A metal tooth comb is usually better. Products such as gels can also aid in removal of nits. Combing time can vary anc could take up to eight hours and longer in some cases depending on the length of the hair. Carefully inspect your child daily for two to four weeks after treatment to remove any nits.
Alert all household contacts and treat any infested family member at the same time as the infested individual.
Wash personal articles such as clothing. Coats, hats and bedding in hot water for 20 minutes.
Soak combs and brushes in a 2% lysol solution or heat them in a pan of boiling water for five to ten minutes.
Isolate items such as stuffed animals that cannot be washed or dry cleaned in plastic bags for a period of 10 days to two weeks.
Vacuum carpeting, upholstered furniture and mattresses especially where children may sit or lie to play or watch TV.
Repeat the pediculocide application in seven to 10 days following the initial treatment unless directions say it is a one-time treatment method.
Checking your child’s hair once a week for head lice and nits helps prevent extreme infestations. It is very wise to check all family members for head lice as well. Drying wet hair with a blow dryer also helps prevent head lice infestations.
Re-Admission to School
The student is to be brought to see the school nurse by the parent after head lice treatment. The student must be cleared by the school nurse before returning to class.
If you have any questions, feel free to contact the nurse at your child’s school.