Head lice, although not an illness or a disease, is very common among children and is spread very easily through head-to-head contact during play, sports, or nap time and when children share things like brushes, combs, hats, and headphones. If careful observation indicates that a student has head lice, the school nurse will contact the student’s parent to determine whether the child will need to be picked up from school and to discuss a plan for treatment with an FDA approved medicated shampoo or cream rinse that may be purchased from any drug or grocery store.
After the student has undergone treatment, the parent should check in with the school nurse prior to student's return to class. The nurse can also offer additional recommendations, including subsequent treatments and how best to get rid of lice and prevent their return.
The CDC and AAP also are great resources for up-to-date treatment and suggestions in fighting the battle of headlice, such as the article from American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).