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Sabine District Policy on Head Lice

Dear Parent or Guardian,

Sabine District policy on head lice is stated in our student handbook as:

LICE-   The board authorizes periodic lice screening of students for the purpose of identifying and excluding from school any student found to be infested with head lice.  The principal shall supervise screening procedures within each school.

The responsibility of the parent is to adhere to stated lice control measures and to return the child to school lice free and nit free, within a specified length of time.  The principal may authorize an extension of the excused absence period when conditions warrant.

The following guidelines shall be adhered to in the control of head lice in Sabine Parish schools:

  1. Any student found to have positive evidence of head lice or nits (eggs) shall be excluded from school.
  2. The student will be excluded from school until he/she has been treated and there is no longer evidence of head lice or nits.
  3. Adequate treatment and removal of all nits can be achieved in 1 to 3 days.  Continued absences because of lice infestation may be referred to the Supervisor of Child Welfare and Attendance.
  4. Designated personnel at the school shall be responsible for checking students to be certain that hair is free of all lice and nits before re-admittance to school.  The student must be accompanied to school by his/her parent, guardian, or responsible party prior to readmission.

First a few facts:

  • Head lice can affect anyone.
  • Head lice are not dangerous.
  • Head lice do not spread disease
  • Poor hygiene does not cause lice
  • Head lice can spread easily
  • Prompt treatment and reporting are essential to stop the spread of lice.

Symptoms:

  • Presence of lice and/or nits.
  • Persistent itching.  Half of all the people with lice may never itch.  Itching is an allergic reaction to the saliva, not the bite.  Tickling sensation or feeling of something moving.
  • A severe infestation can cause inflammation and open sores on the scalp, and swollen lymph glands on the neck.
  • Difficulty sleeping.  Lice are more active in the dark.



Finding lice:

  • Adult lice are fast moving, grey or brown wingless crawling insects about the size of a sesame seed.  They halt when wet, making it much easier to find and remove them in wet hair.
  • Nits are eggs and empty egg shells.  They are tiny, grey/white, teardrop shaped objects glued to the hair shaft.  They are usually found in clusters above the ears, at the nape of the neck, or at the crown of the head.  You may see a nit before you see a louse.
  • If it flicks off easily, it is probably dandruff, hair products or dirt, not lice or nits
  • Lice spread easily.  Check everyone in the household and treat anyone that has live head lice and/or nits.

Treating

  • Obtain a medicated shampoo and follow instructions.
  • After treatment, remove tangles with a wide tooth comb and divide hair into small sections using bobby pins or clips.
  • Gently comb through small sections of hair using a lice and nit comb.  
  • A well-lit area and magnifying glass are very helpful.
  • Repeat the combing and nit removal process every few days if necessary to prevent re-infestation.  Most medicated shampoo kits come with a second dose that is to be used in 7-10 days.

Cleaning your home

  • Clean anything your child has come in contact with over the past 24-48 hours. Lice cannot live for more than that time period off a human head.
  • Wash all clothing worn and bed linen used in the last 24-48 hours
  • Vacuum carpets and car seats used.
  • Dispose of or clean all combs and brushes by placing them in 130 degree water for 10 mins.
  • You may isolate toys for 2-3 days.

Keep in mind that head lice infestation is not related to cleanliness.  Head lice is mostly spread by direct head –to-head contact. Talk to your children about sharing jackets, combs, brushes, hair clips or ties.  Please do not hesitate to contact your school or school nurse with any questions. Below we have comprised a list of Lice clinics in Louisiana that are beneficial in assisting families in the removal of lice and nits.

 

LICE CLINIC OF WEST MONROE (318) 225-8121                    LICE CLINIC OF LAFAYETTE (337) 564-3637

2519 NORTH 7TH ST.                                                                     100 BEAUVAIS SUITE C2

71291                                                                                              70507