Dunmore School District Head Lice Policy
Children bring back many special things with them at the start of a new school year, new clothes, notebooks and book bags. Unfortunately a few of them also bring an occasional head infected with lice.
Although lice are present all year long, problems can occur when a group of children come together. To prevent an outbreak, we are urging parents to make checking for lice a part of routine home hygiene.
To inspect your child for head lice, first you look around the nape of the neck, under bangs, around the crown of the head, and behind the ears. Nits are tiny, tear-shaped and translucent. When first laid, they appear white, but can take on a yellowish cast as they mature. The eggs are firmly attached to the hair shaft close to the scalp with a glue-like substance secreted by lice. Dandruff in the hair will look flat and can be blown or flicked away. Nit will not move.
Mature Lice are rarely seen. They are about the size of a sesame seed, avoid light they move quickly. They do not have wings, they do not jump fly or hop!
If you find nits on your child, check everyone in the household for signs of lice. You may contact your local pharmacy for advice on which product to use for treating lice.
Procedure for returning to school
- If you need information on how to treat please request information from the school nurse
- Have your child upon return to school see the school nurse
- If student was treated and improvement shown, it will be at the discretion of the school to admit/exclude student.
Class is checked upon necessity, individual students will not be singled out.