Lice outbreaks are a common part of school life today, particularly in early childhood classrooms. There is no shame! Nearly everyone has to deal with this situation at one time or another.
Please report any outbreak to your child’s teacher and the school nurse—chances are, your child isn’t the only one who has it. Some people have strong reactions to lice, and some don’t—which is why your child might have an infection and not know it.
Maury’s policy is that any student seen to have an active lice infection will be removed from class, and parents will be notified to pick up the child.
Here are some tips on how to manage:
The best way to get rid of lice is combing, combing, combing. Free nit combs are available from the school nurse. Parents may wish to purchase a treatment kit that includes a professional grooved comb, enzyme mousse (to loosen nits), and mint repellent spray.
This video shows a step-by-step combing technique:
Some parents choose to use lice removal services, particularly the first time. Both Lice Happens and the Potomac Lice Lady have been used by Maury parents, and have lots of helpful information available on their websites.
Please feel free to contact the school nurse at (202) 698-3834 if you have questions.