A case of head lice has been reported in the 4th grade at the Birmingham Covington School.
Birmingham Public Schools has provided parents with a fact sheet about strep throat, including such facts as:
The best way to prevent transmission:
- Teach children not to share combs, brushes, hair ornaments, hats, caps, scarves, headsets, or any other personal headgear.
- Do not wear other people’s hats.
- Teach children to hang coats separately - placing hats and scarves inside coat/jacket sleeves.
- Conduct regular head checks of your child.
If head lice are found on your child:
- Check others in the household for signs of head lice or nits. If found, complete remaining steps on all infested individuals.
- Remove nits from the head by combing. This is the most important lice control measure.
- Complete nit removal is time-consuming but is critical for successful treatment.
- Remove all of the lice and nits from the environment by washing or vacuuming.
- Perform daily head checks and remove nits for 3 weeks until head lice are gone.
For proper treatment, please contact your child’s physician, the health department, or www.headlice.org .
A student can return to school once:
- There has been treatment
- Nits are ½ inch or more from the scalp
- The student has been checked by the principal (designee)