Lice Procedures

  • Parents should check regularly for lice:

    • We expect each child to be checked at home regularly by their parents/guardians.

    • Parent volunteers check for lice in their class on a monthly basis.

  • When lice or nits are found on a child:

    • Report to the School Secretary ( and your teacher immediately.

    • A school-wide notice will be sent that indicates in which grade(s) lice are found.

    • Parents/guardians will receive a call from school and treatment should begin the same day. If live lice are found, then parents will be asked to arrange to pick up their child from school right away.

  • We encourage parents to be sensitive when talking about it to/in front of their kids. We do not want the child to be ostracized or feel badly around their peers.

Lice Detection, Removal & Prevention

Watch this video to see steps 1 (evaluation) and 2 (treatment) of the process:

  1. EVALUATON: Check your student and everyone else in the family for lice or nits

    • Part the hair all the way down to the scalp in very small sections, looking both for moving lice and eggs (nits). Look at the entire head this way. Look closely around the top of the neck and ears, the most common locations for eggs. (Using a clear conditioner makes combing easier) Treatment is recommended if even one egg is found.


    • Comb hair daily with lice & nit removing comb (such as this one)

    • The most common treatment is an over-the-counter or prescription cream, lotion, or shampoo. Apply it to the skin or scalp. Be sure to follow all instructions carefully. In some cases, a second treatment may be needed to make sure that all the nits are dead.

    • Some families opt for professional lice removal treatment, such as Nit Control (in-home), Hair Fairies (salon) and Lice Patrol (in-home).

    • Vacuum upholstered furniture, rugs, stuffed animals, car seats, etc.—wherever someone with head lice may have rested their head. Experts used to suggest bagging stuffed animals for several days, but since lice cannot survive without human blood, this is unnecessary. You can also put bed linens, stuffed animals and other items in a dryer for 30 minutes.


    • Use lice prevention products (oil/spray)

    • Comb regularly with lice & nit removing comb

    • Wear long hair in a ponytail or wear a hat (don't share hats!)

    • Notify your school, friends, and family immediately if head lice is detected on your child

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