Student Wellbeing

Head Lice

Most families with school-aged children will at some stage experience the joys of finding that these wonderful creatures have invaded their household.

Quick action and notification to the school will help contain the problem.

To quickly resolve the problem, we ask all parents to inspect their child’s hair and scalp and take a few precautions against the spread. We suggest you look for the following symptoms or signs, which could indicate the presence of headlice.

  • Child/ren scratching his/her head excessively
  • Fine black powder or paler coloured material on their pillow
  • “Nits” (lice eggs), seen as cream to coffee coloured specks stuck to the hair, closer to the roots
  • Small white to greyish coloured parasites about as bit as a pinhead (but can be larger)

If you notice any of the above signs or need further advice, please contact your local pharmacist. If you have a daughter with long hair, it should be tied back eg: braided.

To ensure the problem is solved as quickly as possible PLEASE CHECK YOUR CHILD’S HAIR ON A REGULAR BASIS as this can help eliminate the spread.

Health regulations requires that where a child has head lice, that child should not return to school until the day after appropriate treatment has started.

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