A Letter from the Nurse
Cliffwood Elementary School
Joseph G. Majka, J.D. Superintendent of Schools
732-705-5600 | 732-566-5837 (Fax) www.marsd.org
Mark Van Horn
Every year we receive reports of head lice in some of our schools throughout the district. It is important that parents understand that head lice infestation is not a result of unclean homes or children. Head lice are usually transmitted from infected person to another by direct contact with hair. Such contact usually does not take place in the school setting; but rather at sleepovers, parties, and sports or in any situation where there is head and/or clothing contact. Please take the time to educate your children not to use or share anyone else’s comb, brush, hat, scarf, helmet, etc.
We recommend that parents check their children frequently for head lice during the course of the school year. Mass screening of children in school has not proven to be nearly as effective as parent actively checking their children’s heads at home on a regular basis.
What should you look for?
· Persistent itching or scratching behind the ears and back of neck.
· Head lice are tiny, the size of sesame seeds. They are grayish-tan, wingless insects.
· They do not jump or fly; they crawl on the scalp.
· Females lay eggs called nits that are glued to the hair shaft. Eggs hatch in 10 days
· Eggs look like dandruff, but dandruff can be easily flicked away with fingers
What is the treatment?
· Check with your health-care provider about which shampoo to use.
· Remove the nits (eggs) that may survive after treatment
· The nits hatch and cause re-infestation unless you comb them out.
Mary Ann Reese