Anyone can get head lice..mainly through direct head-to-head contact but also from sharing hats, brushes and other personal items. Head lice are a problem in many communities and do not reflect poor hygiene or social status. Lice infestation is much easier to treat if caught early. If you should discover a case of head lice, please notify your child’s school. Notify the parents of your child’s playmates. This is the best way to protect your family and community.
Any student found having either head lice or nits will be excluded from school with the student being counted absent. Before a student is readmitted to school a parent must bring their child to school. Our school nurse or school staff member will conduct an examination of the student’s head, while the parent is present. The nurse or staff member will have the authority to grant readmission into the classroom/educational setting. Children who have live lice or nits will not be readmitted. Hennessey Public Schools has a “no nit” policy. This policy will be enforced to ensure the good health of all of our students. Hennessey Public Schools reserves the right to do random head checks as warranted.
If you have any questions, concerns or need assistance please contact Shelley Muzny, RN (school nurse) at 405-853-4305.
Head Lice Information Sheet
What are head lice?
Head lice live only on human beings. They can spread quickly by using the hat, comb, or brush of an infected person. The nits (eggs) normally hatch into lice within 1 week. Your child probably has lice if:
The nits (white eggs) are firmly attached to hairs. Unlike dandruff, nits can’t be shaken off.
There are gray bugs (lice) in the hair about 1/16 inches long. They move quickly and are difficult to see.
Your child’s scalp itches and has a rash.
What need to happen next to take care of my child?
Anti-lice shampoo or rinse: (Nix or Rid)- follow the directions. Most products must be used on dry hair. Pour about 2 ounces of the nit-lice shampoo into the hair. Add a little warm water to work up a lather. Scrub the hair and scalp for 10 minutes. Rinse the hair thoroughly. The shampoo kills both the lice and the nits. Repeat the shampoo in 1 week.
Removing nits: To make sure the nits are dead, wait at least 8 hours after using the shampoo before removing them. Remove the nits by combing the hair with a fine-tooth comb or pulling them out one by one.
Cleaning the house: Lice can’t live more than 24 hours off the human body. Nits can live for 2 weeks. Vacuum your child’s room. Soak combs and brushes 1 hour in a solution made from anti-lice shampoo. Wash your child’s sheets and pillowcases in hot water. Put things that can’t be washed (hats,jackets, stuffed animals) in plastic bags for 2 weeks (until the nits are dead).
Contagiousness: Check the heads of everyone living in your home. Treat anyone who has scalp rashes, sores, or itching. Also treat anyone who sleeps in the same bed with your child.
Call your child’s doctor during office hours if:
The rash and itching are not gone 1 week after treatment