Help Prevent Head Lice
Head lice are small, crawling wingless insects about the size of sesame seed that
lay tiny, tear drop shaped eggs or nits in the hair. Head lice are not a source
of infection of disease; they are simply a nuisance.
Anyone can get head lice, and it is not related to personal hygiene or cleanliness in the
home or school. They do not jump, hop or fly but are transmitted by direct prolonged
The symptoms of head lice include a tickly feeling of something moving in the hair, itching
or sores on the head/neck area cased by scratching. Treatment includes over the counter products,
using a lice comb and/or by contacting your health care provider for appropriate treatment options.
Perform weekly head checks of your children to identify head lice early and prevent their spread.
Long hair can be kept up in a braid or a ponytail. Remind your students to maintain person space and
to not share hats, scarves, helmets, combs, brushes, or hair clips.
Educate yourself by reviewing the head lice information at: