Important Information Related to Lice

  • Please be sure to contact the school nurse at (973) 398-1416 to report a case of lice. 

    It is imperative that Mrs. Leonard, the school nurse, is notified so that she can evaluate students who have been in direct contact with your child.  If lice are found, she can refer others for immediate treatment and minimize the spread of lice.  All communication remains confidential.

    * If you or your child are diagnosed with head lice, remain calm! We have lots of resources and information to help you deal with this!  

    First, review the enclosed information and refer to it frequently.

    Background:

    The little critters known as "head lice" seem to appear on and off during the school year. Getting head lice does not mean you are "dirty".  It just means being in the wrong place at the wrong time. 
     
     
     
    Head lice are extremely small, brown, or gray wingless insects.  They do not fly or jump, they crawl from head to head and are most commonly spread by direct contact with an infested head. The eggs (nits) are attached to the hairshaft within 6 mm of the scalp and look like a tiny dewdrop.  Eggs are attached very tightly. 
     
    Lice need a person's head to survive. They only survive 1-2 days off a head. Eggs can only survive 1 week off a human head.  Eggs not close to the scalp are usually not viable (able to produce live lice). 
     
    Symptoms include itching behind ears and at base of neck.  Lice do not spread disease.

Download the Head Lice Information Packet