Deer Valley Unified School District has a "No-Nits" policy, which means that any child who has had headlice may not return to school until they have been treated and all nits (the eggs or larvae of lice) have been removed. All children returning to school after headlice treatment MUST be checked by the Nurse before they may return to class.Head Lice (Pediculosis) Information:
Check your child’s head routinely for lice, at least once a month, preferably once a week. Focus on the back of your child’s head, near the neck and behind the ears.
Discourage sharing of combs and brushes and cloth hats.
Screen children’s heads prior to sleep overs.
Frequent scratching of the head, or complaints of an itching head/neck. Red bumps or sores may also be seen on the neck and/or scalp.
Treatment with a pediculocide (lice killing) shampoo. There are many over-the-counter options. Do not wash your child’s hair for two days after the medicated shampoo treatment.
Removal of nits (eggs) with a lice comb or fingernails (repeat until all nits have been removed). **Nit comb twice a day for two weeks, even if you see no signs of head lice. You must be diligent with this step—it is very important to prevent the return of lice!**
Re-treat hair with lice shampoo in 7 to 10 days to kill the lice that may have hatched from missed nits.
Wash all linens, clothing and backpacks, etc. in hot water and dry in a hot dryer.
Take all stuffed animals, pillows and items that cannot be washed and place in a plastic bag for 48 hours or toss in hot dryer for 30 minutes.
Thoroughly vacuum your carpets, cloth furniture and car seats. DO NOT use sprays or fogs—they are not necessary to control head lice and may be toxic.
Check the other family members or anyone who has slept over--treat those that have live lice.
Notify the school nurse!
Continue to periodically check your child’s hair. If head lice persists, contact your family physician for further treatment options