Information on Head Lice
Frequent Questions about Head Lice

Q. When my child has had head lice, when can he or she return to school?

A. Once your child has been treated with a product specifically made to kill lice, and the hair has been mechanically combed with a nit comb to remove lice and  the majority of nits (eggs), your child may return to school. The school nurse will inspect the child's head to ensure the treatment has been administered properly. To prevent re-infestation, your child should be retreated in 7 days. The nurse will recheck your child in 7-10 days for return of head lice. Contact the school nurse for further information about the elimination of head lice.

Q. What does the school do to prevent the spread of head lice?
A. LaSalle Elementary School follows the guidelines of  the American Academy of Pediatrics, the CDC, the National Association of School Nurses and LaSalle County School Health Services. These evidence-based strategies include abandoning “no-nit” school policies, allowing children to remain in class and participate in school-sponsored activities when live lice or nits (the eggs of head lice) are found on their heads, notifying parents/caregivers at the end of the school day when findings indicate the presence of a head lice infestation, and educating parents/caregivers about evidence-based treatment options.Head lice do not transmit disease or illness. They cannot fly or jump.  Research has shown that transmission in schools is extremely rare. Prolonged direct head to head contact or sharing of personal items (hats, combs, pillows, etc) is required for transmission. Children who have had head lice are re-screened upon return to school before they are allowed back into class to ensure that the treatment has been properly administered. Children who have had head lice will be automatically re-screened in 7-10 days for the return of head lice. 

Q. What can parents do to prevent the spread of head lice?
A. Parents should regularly check their child's head for evidence of head lice (live crawling bugs).  If you discover your child has head lice, please use a prescribed treatment to treat them, not a home remedy.  Please notify the school nurse if your child has head lice. Numerous resources are available from the nurse to assist you. Talk with your child about the importance of not sharing personal items (hats, combs, pillows,etc). Getting head lice is not related to the cleanliness of a person or their environment. Remember head lice is a fact of life- it is estimated 6-12 million school age children get head lice each year. 

American Academy of Pediatrics Guidelines on Treating Head Lice
AAP Head Lice Guidelines

National Association of School Nurses Position Statement on Head Lice
2016 NASN headlice position statement.pdf

CDC Head Lice Information
CDC Head Lice Guidelines for Schools
CDC Head Lice treatment guidelines
CDC Head Lice prevention/control guidelines

For more information on treating head lice, please contact Mrs Stone, the school nurse or your healthcare provider.

Mrs Stone
LaSalle Elementary School Nurse
815-223-0786, ext 272