The Lice policy for Alexander Local Schools is nit free. This means a student can't return to school until all live lice and nits are removed from hair. If a student is found to have lice or nits they may not ride the bus until they have been brought back and cleared through the health clinic. There are 2 mass screenings preformed throughout the year. Classrooms will be screened randomly at different times throughout the year. If a student is found to have lice or nits the entire classroom will be checked and notes sent home making parents aware of this.
10 steps for getting rid of head lice
1. Check all family members and use medicated shampoo on any person that have evidence of lice(live lice or nits). Since the shampoos are pesticides, it is recommended that only those members of the family who are infested be treated. Use a magnifying glass if necessary. The eggs are silver to brown and about the size of a needle.
2. Examine each family member's hair after shampooing and removal of nits. The nit combs will not remove all nits, therefore picking nits out must also be done.
3. If you suspect resistance do not continue using the same product.
4. Follow manufacturer's directions carefully. Remember the chemicals are pesticides and have the potential to be toxic if not used carefully.
5. Treat all worn clothing and bedding used by washing in hot soapy water or dry cleaning. Include coats, hats, scarves and mittens. Dry on high heat. Eggs and adult lice are killed in 10 minutes at 125 degrees.
6. Seal all articles you are unable to wash such as pillows and stuffed animals in a plastic bag for two weeks or place in a dryer on high heat for 20 minutes.
7. Soak combs and brushes in hot soapy water 5-10 minutes (150 degrees) or a medicated lice-killing shampoo for one hour.
8. Vacuum carpets, upholstery(including car) and mattresses thoroughly. A louse can live up to two days away from a human host. Discard the vacuum bag promptly.
9. Continue to check all family members every three to four days for several weeks.
10. Notify all persons who may have had physical contact or shared lice carrying objects (combs, brushes, hats, etc.) so that they can check themselves and ensure that the chain of transmission is broken and re-infestation doesn't occur.