Kalispell Public Schools
Kalispell, Montana

Head Lice

What are Head Lice?
Head lice are grayish-brown insects that lay eggs (nits) on the hair shaft.  Lice are spread by direct contact with an infested person's hair or by an item that has touched the hair.  They do not fly from head to head. 
 
How To Prevent Transmission
Please remind students not to share combs, hats or other items to prevent transmission of head lice.  If your child has head lice, please inform the school as we will assist in checking to make sure the lice and nits are gone to prevent transmission at school.  We suggest families check their child's head every two weeks for lice.
 
If Your Child is Found to Have Head Lice
 

When a student is found to have active head lice at school, the parent will be called to take the student home and will be given instructions on what is expected before the student returns to school.

 
Students with active lice will be required to have their hair treated with lice treatment by parents, and nits combed out before they return to school.  They will be checked by the school nurse, or other staff, when they return to school, and will be sent home if active lice still remain.  They will not be sent home if nits remain, but parents are encouraged to continue to comb nits out of hair. 
 
Nits are not a sign of active infestation. ( NASN position statement)
  • The school nurse, or other staff can do follow up checks as needed or requested by family or teachers.
  •  We suggest that families check for lice and nits and comb daily at home for 14 days, and retreat in 7-10 days after initial treatment.
  •  School personnel will also check siblings of infected students in the school.
  •  Remind students not to share combs, hats or other items to prevent transmission of head lice.
  • We suggest families continue to check their child’s head every 2 weeks for a month. 
  • Classroom screenings will be done if 3 students in the class are found to be infested within 2 consecutive weeks. 

For More Information on Head Lice

The National Pediculosis Association