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Head Lice

Posted: June 12, 2015

Although we have very few reported cases please be aware that there is head lice in the community at present.  Head lice is a common school-acquired problem. Head lice prefer clean, healthy heads and the presence of head lice is not a reflection of poor hygiene.

To prevent lice we recommend that you check your child’s hair on a regular basis, tie back long hair, and encourage your child to bring their own hat to school and avoid sharing sun hats.

It is important that students are not sent to school if infested or if the treatment of your choice has not been completed.  As per the Parent and Student Handbook, students confirmed to have head lice are required to be collected from school and receive treatment prior to recommencing classes.

To be effective with any of the available preparations it is important to:

  • Pay special attention to instructions regarding how long the medication should be left on the hair.
  • Check the expiry date.
  • Comb your child’s hair thoroughly with a special fine toothed comb (nitcomb) or manually remove eggs.
  • Wash your child’s bedding, hat, towel and any clothing that has had direct contact with your child’s hair.
  • Clean used hair brushes and combs with boiling water.
  • Re-check your child’s hair every three days to confirm the absence of lice.

Your vigilance and cooperation will help us promote a healthy school environment for our students.