Conroe ISD follows recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) as well as those contained in the position papers of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the National Association of School Nurses (NASN) in the treatment for lice. Head lice, although not an illness or disease, is common among children and can be spread through head-to-head contact during play and sports, and when students share things like brushes, combs, and hats. The best treatment for lice is prevention. Conroe IS appreciates our families assisting us in the prevention and control of head lice in our schools with routine family inspection, prompt and effective treatment, and educating your student to avoid direct or indirect contact with other people’s hair. Throughout the school year, check your child’s hair weekly and after overnight visits with other children.
If careful observation at school 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 discuss a plan for treatment. If the procedure used to treat the head lice is not effective, please contact the school nurse or your physician for further recommendations for treatment. Conroe ISD provides information regarding head lice prevention through newsletters and other sources of information, and is committed to working with families who may have head lice occurrences.
Head lice are parasitic insects found on the heads of people. Having head lice is very common. There are three forms that lice take: the Nit, the Nymph, and the Adult. The nits are head lice eggs. They are hard to see and are often confused for dandruff or hair spray droplets. Nits are found firmly attached to the hair shaft. They are oval and usually yellow to white. Nits take about 1 week to hatch. The nit hatches into a baby louse called a nymph. It looks like an adult head louse, but is smaller. Nymphs mature into adults about 7 days after hatching. To live, the nymph must feed on blood. The adult louse is wingless, about the size of a sesame seed, has six legs, and is tan to grayish-white. In persons with dark hair, the adult louse will look darker. They do not jump, hop or fly. Adult lice can live up to 30 days on a person’s head. To live, adult lice need to feed on blood. If the louse falls off a person, it dies within 2 days. Eggs are laid by the female louse at a rate of 8-10 a day, with eggs hatching usually 10 days after they are laid.