Head Lice Letter to Parents
Shawnee Public Schools
Letter to Parents on Head Lice
Your child was found to have head lice and/or nits. Unless your child has already been treated with head lice
products within the past 10 days, your child should be treated with a pediculicide to kill all the lice AND you
should perform extensive combing to remove the nits. If you are unsure what to use you may contact your
family physician, local Health Department, or the school nurse. Please give this situation the needed time and attention
tonight. Tomorrow, come in to the school office with your child for a recheck. The enclosed material will give you
more information on head lice and how they spread, treatment, nit removal and cleaning your home. If you need
any additional information, please contact the school office.
Information on treatment of your child and home:
1. Carefully follow the directions on the lice treatment package. Not following directions, is the biggest reason why
it doesn’t work. ** Remember to save the empty container, current receipt and/or note from provider to bring to the school.
2. If your child has extra-long hair (longer than shoulder length), you may need to use a second bottle.
Pay special attention to instructions on the bottle about how to thoroughly work it into the hair, how long the
medication should be left on and whether rinsing the hair is recommended after treatment.
3. Comb out the nits left after treatments. Do this by sliding a nit up the hair shaft with your fingers or using a nit
comb. Special nit combs are available in the store where you bought the lice treatment.
4. Most of the time a second treatment is necessary. If you don’t remove the nits, they will hatch, and your child will have
lice again – this time without any contact with another infested child! All products specifically created to treat head
lice will recommend a second treatment and a second nit combing, anywhere from 7 to 10 days after the first treatment
to kill any leftover lice and nits.
5. Launder clothing and bedding immediately before lice treatment on your child so any live lice living there can’t crawl
onto lice-free, just treated heads!
6. Sealing clothing, stuffed toys, pillows, blankets or other small soft items, for two weeks in tightly closed plastic bags
will kill both lice and nits!
7. Vacuum or sweep carpets, furniture and curtains to pick up any live lice or nits that may have fallen or crawled there.
8. Soak combs, brushes and some other washable item for one hour in one of the approved lice shampoos; or, soak
them for 5 to 10 minutes in a pan of 130-degree hot water.
9. Teach your family about how lice are spread. Teach your children not to share combs, brushes and other personal
items with other children.
10. Check your child’s hair from time to time for signs of lice; especially if you know of another child at school that is infested.
Catching it early can cut down the number of treatments, save time and money.
If you have questions, please call the school and ask for the school nurse.
You can find more information at: www.cdc.gov