It is extremely important for you to check your child’s head for head lice regularly.
If you do find head lice, commence treatment immediately and be sure to complete the process of treatment before your child returns to school. Please notify the school as we will send a letter home advising parents to check and treat their child if necessary. This will help prevent head lice from spreading.
Remember to keep checking your family member’s heads every 2 days until there are no head lice found for 10 consecutive days.
For further information regarding treating head lice, refer to the Department of Health’s Head lice fact sheet (PDF, 171 KB). Your local pharmacist can provide advice regarding head lice treatment options and head lice combs.
Because head lice need close head-to-head contact to spread from one person to another, to reduce the spread of head lice, teachers will discourage students from activities which may involve head to head contact.
To reduce your child’s risk of getting head lice, make sure that long hair is tied up and discourage children from sharing their brushes and combs and having head to head contact with others.
Remember, anyone can get head lice – they have no preferences for cleanliness, hair colour, hair type, ethnicity or age.
If for any reason you are having difficulties treating the head lice on your child effectively, please contact the school.