HEAD LICE!

There are quite a few children in our school with recurring head lice at the moment. We are asking for all families to check children’s hair this week so we can stop the spread!!

If eggs or live lice are found, please treat children’s hair. See the following information from the Victorian Department of Health:
Treating and controlling head lice

The guidelines contain information regarding detecting and treating head lice and eggs. If head lice or eggs are found on your child’s hair, you need to:

  • inform the school and advise when the treatment has started
  • inform parents or carers of your child’s friends so they too have the opportunity to detect and treat their children if necessary.
  • treat the hair again 7 days after initial treatment –  the first treatment kills all lice; the second treatment kills the lice that may have hatched from eggs not killed by the first treatment.

Health regulations require that where a child has head lice, that child should not return to school until the day after appropriate treatment has started. Please note, this refers only to those children who have live head lice and does not refer to head lice eggs.

Please make sure that children’s hair is tied back to help prevent the spread of head lice. When long hair is tied back firmly or plaited, it is more difficult for the head lice to reach the scalp or hair shaft where they lay their eggs.