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Head Lice

Dear Families:

Head lice are an occasional annoyance for children in schools.  Please check your child’s head every few weeks for signs of lice.  It is easier to tackle the issue when lice are found early. 

Inspect your child’s head and hair, particularly around the ears and at the nape of the neck.  Look for:

  • Intense itching, red marks on the scalp
  • Tiny oval whitish eggs (nits).  Nits are tightly attached to the hair and will not flake off like dandruff or hair product.

To prevent lice, instruct your children not to use anyone else’s combs, brushes, or clothing.  Lice do not jump or fly from one person to another.  They are transmitted only by close contact with persons or articles such as hats, brushes, combs, pillows, coats, etc. which contain the lice or nits on them. 

If you find nits or lice on your child’s head, several steps need to be taken to get rid of them including special hair treatment and washing all articles in hot water. 

Please inform the office staff at school and request further instructions from the school or your health care provider. It is required that you bring your child to the school office to be checked prior to returning to the classroom.  It is also helpful to inform the adults in charge of other children with whom your child has close contact, such as close friends, daycare, sports teams or youth groups. 

For more information, visit:

King County Health Service - information about Head Lice

Washington State Dept. of Health - information about Head Lice

Thank you for your assistance. 

Your School Nurse

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