Lice Checks: A “Heads Up” for Families at The Children's School!
We have school-wide lice checks 3x a year. Our first lice check will be Friday Oct. 12th. The follow-up check for children found to have lice will be Monday, Oct.15th. (The PTA has also covered the cost of all three lice checks, so they will no longer be a cost to families!)
Please look for the permission slip that went home in backpacks on Friday and return them to school no later than October 5th.
Why are we checking for lice?
Lice is highly contagious, early detection can stop a school wide outbreak in its tracks! There have been numerous cases of lice in the school in past years. These checks help keep them from spreading and becoming an infestation.
What happens if my child is found to have lice?
If your child is identified as having lice, you will be called to pick up your child so the condition will not spread further. You will be given a handout about what you need to do to thoroughly rid your child's head, your family, and home of lice and their eggs. You can also get information about receiving treatment from one of the lice experts who conduct the head checks.
Are Nits and Lice the same thing?
Nits are lice eggs and look like tiny yellow, tan, or brown dots before they hatch. Nits look sort of like dandruff, only they can't be removed by brushing or shaking them off and do need to be treated. Lice eggs (aka nits) hatch within 8-9 days after they're laid.
The DOE’s Policy on Lice vs. Nits
“Students will no longer be excluded if they have nits (lice eggs). Students with head lice will continue to be excluded until they are lice free. Excluded students will be examined for lice when they return to school and rechecked 14 days later to confirm that that they remain free of lice.”
Having lice is in NO WAY a reflection of the cleanliness of the home, but getting rid of them does require a concerted effort on the part of our whole community.
Thank you in advance for your cooperation.
Sincerely, The PTA of PS 372