Those Lousy Bugs:
Head lice are always in season, even more so as the weather gets colder. Head lice are also an equal opportunity pest. If your child is scratching his/her head, you may want to check for lice. Other symptoms may include:
a tickling feeling or a sensation of something moving in the hair; irritability and sleeplessness; and sores on the head caused by scratching. These sores caused by scratching can sometimes become infected with bacteria normally found on a person’s skin.
Head lice are transmitted through brushes, pillows, towels, hats and head-to-head contact. Please remind your children:
Avoid head-to-head (hair-to-hair) contact during play and other activities at home, school, and elsewhere (sports activities, playground, slumber parties, camp).
Do not share clothing such as hats, scarves, coats, sports uniforms, hair ribbons, or barrettes.
Do not share combs, brushes, or towels. Disinfest combs and brushes used by an infested person by soaking them in hot water (at least 130°F) for 5-10 minutes.
Do not lie on beds, couches, pillows, carpets, or stuffed animals that have recently been in contact with an infested person.
Control of the environment is the greatest factor in preventing re-infestation. Head lice cannot live away from their human host for more than 24 hours. Nits take 7-10 days to hatch, another 7-10 days to mature and live approximately 30 days on a host. Lice cannot live on pets. Steps to control the environment include:
Machine wash and dry clothing, bed linens, and other items that an infested person wore or used during the 2 days before treatment using the hot water (130°F) laundry cycle and the high heat drying cycle. Clothing and items that are not washable can be dry-cleaned OR sealed in a plastic bag and stored for 2 weeks.
Vacuum the floor and furniture, particularly where the infested person sat or lay. However, spending much time and money on housecleaning activities is not necessary to avoid reinfestation by lice or nits that may have fallen off the head or crawled onto furniture or clothing.
Do not use fumigant sprays or fogs; they are not necessary to control head lice and can be toxic if inhaled or absorbed through the skin.
Webster Central School District is a No-Nit District. Nits are laid by live lice. If nits are identified, the student must go home. Consult your healthcare provider for appropriate treatment. The student will not be allowed back in school until all nits are removed. A parent/guardian must accompany the student to school the next day (do not send on the bus) so the school nurse can check the student’s hair for nits. If any are present, the student must go home. When the student re-enters school, the school nurse will check for nits at 7, 10, 14, 21 and 30days.
For more information:
http://www.websterschools.org/departments.cfm?subpage=59705 or http://www.websterschools.org/ select Departments/select Health Office-District/select Lice Information from the sidebar.
**ALL 2ND AND 4TH GRADE STUDENTS NEED TO
SUBMIT A COPY OF THEIR CURRENT PHYSICAL (DATED
SEPTEMBER 1, 2014 OR LATER) TO THE HEALTH OFFICE
AS MANDATED BY NEW YORK STATE**