LICE CHECKS AT ALLENBY
Allenby provides lice checks on a selected Friday of a month to all the students JK – Grade 6. Lice checks are done 2-3x a year. The Friday lice check allows enough time over the weekend for parents to treat their child(ren)’s hair, wash clothing, bedding and to comb through their child(ren)’s hair a number of times before returning to school on Monday morning for the recheck.
Children found to have lice are recorded and letters are sent home at the end of the day notifying the parents of a case lice. Letters are also sent out to the classroom notifying all parents that lice was found in a classmates hair. Lice letters are delivered and discretely placed into backpacks. All efforts are made not to ostracize any child found to have lice the day of the checks.
Children absent on the Friday lice check are also recorded and rechecked on the following Monday
Rechecks are done at 8:40 AM Monday morning by a trained technician. If lice or nits are found to be present, the child will be sent home for further treatment. A reinspection in the office of the child will be done upon return to school. All children who were absent from school on the Friday lice check will be called down
to be inspected by the technician on Monday. Should a case of lice be found, letters to the child’s parents and letters to the classroom will then be sent out.
WHAT TO DO WHEN YOU GET THE LICE LETTER
If you have been informed that your child has lice or has been found on a classmate it can can cause panic!
YOU DON’T NEED TO FREAK OUT! First and foremost don’t make your child feel like a leper, they don’t need to be quarantined!! Lice are an annoyance but can easily be treated at home either with an over the counter lice kit, or by going to a number of lice removal companies found in the city.
The key to lice removal is to invest in a good quality stainless steel lice comb with long close together and grooved wire tines that can easily get underneath the hair shaft and remove both nits and louse from the hair.
Please watch the video at the link below on lice removal:
Consistent monthly combing and communication of the presence of lice by parents will decrease the number of lice cases seen in Allenby!
If anyone would like more information regarding the Allenby lice checks please contact Louisa Marr.
WHAT ARE LICE?
- Lice are small, wingless, six legged parasites that live in hair. They feed on blood from the scalp
- Louse eggs are called nits. They are light to tan colour and turn clear once hatched
- Nits are sticky and cannot be removed easily from the hair
- A baby louse is a nymph which goes through 3 stages before becoming a fully grown louse
- Adult lice are about the size of a sesame seed
HOW LICE SPREAD
- Lice spread through head to head contact from an infested individual. They do not fly, hop or jump
- It is a myth that individuals with poor hygiene get lice. Lice actually prefer clean hair
- It is possible for lice to spread by sharing hats, brushes, combs, towels, sports equipment
- Lying on a bed, carpet or couch have also been shown to spread lice
- Taking selfies together with an infested person
SIGNS YOU HAVE LICE
- Scratching and itchiness of the scalp
- Visible lice eggs (nits) that can not easily be removed from hair shaft
- Most common area to find nits is behind the ears and nape of neck
- Pink rash behind ears/nape of neck
- Sight of live bugs
- Tickling feeling in the hair
- Tie hair back, braid or put up in a bun
- Remove all hair from the infested individuals hair brush/comb and run them through the dishwasher or place in the freezer for 24 hrs
- Place all hair accessories in a sealed plastic bag for 48 hrs
- Wash all bedding/clothing and stuffed animals the infested individual has been in contact with in the last 24 hours
- Lint roll the car seat and then place a sheet/cover over the car seat for 48 hrs
- Vacuum all carpets, rugs and furniture the infested individual has been in contact with
- Use a preventative mint spray
- Don’t share head wear/gear, brushes, combs or hair accessories
- Do monthly comb outs
- Lice can hold their breath for 2 hours and can live off the host head for up to 24 hrs therefore notification is key.Please inform the school and anyone you or your child has been in contact with within the last month to help stop the spreading of lice within the school and your child’s classroom