Wondering what to do when a student has head lice? Have a look at Island Health’s guide to Head Lice Management.
Head lice are common, especially among children between the ages of 3 to 12. Head lice do not spread any diseases, but itching can develop in infested individuals. Personal hygiene or cleanliness in the home, school, or community has nothing to do with getting head lice. Anyone who has hair can get head lice.
Head lice cannot hop or fly; they are primarily transmitted when the head of an infested individual comes in direct contact with the head of another. The identification, management and treatment of head lice shall be a cooperative endeavour between the family and the school community with primary responsibility of checking and treatment resting with parents or caregivers.