School Procedure

Children will not be sent home if they are found to have headlice.

The school will send a letter out stating there has been a recent outbreak and will advise to check all heads and treat any heads spotted with live lice.

A letter will sent out every half term reminding parents to check heads as headlice is a common childhood condition.

Information and advice from NICE

-Children who are being treated for head lice can still attend school.
-There is no evidence that head lice have a preference for either clean or dirty hair.
-There is no need to treat (wash at high temperature or fumigate) clothing or bedding that has been in contact with lice.
-No treatment can guarantee success. However, a treatment has the best chance of success if it is performed correctly and if all affected household members are treated on the same day.
-Essential oil-based treatments and herbal treatments are not recommended due to the lack of good-quality evidence on their safety and efficacy.
-It is not possible to prevent head lice infestation. However, children of primary school age should be examined regularly (for example weekly) at home to identify infestation early.
-The following measures are not recommended for preventing head lice transmission:
-Products marketed as head lice repellents.
-Repeated use of head lice treatments in the absence of live lice.
-Measures beyond normal personal hygiene, house cleaning, and laundry

Additional information on head lice
-Information on Head lice and nits is available on the NHS Choices website (www.nhs.uk).
-The information leaflet Head Lice produced by the British Association of Dermatology (www.bad.org.uk) may be useful.
-Information on the 'Bug BustingĀ® days' for Schools and the Wider Community, which aim to educate children and their parents on the behaviour of head lice and how to detect and remove them, is available on the Community Hygiene Concern website (www.chc.org).