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Parent Information Regarding Lice

PARENTING TIPS FOR DEALING WITH LICE

Please realize that dealing with lice and nits is VERY common among young children, and there is no reason to be ashamed or hide.   There are many misconceptions regarding lice and one of them is that the child is"dirty".  The opposite, in fact, is true.  Lice LOVE clean hair!  Just like the flu, lice can spread if proper measures are not taken.  
PLEASE NOTE: Our policy at ECMCS is a "no nit" policy.  This differs from the CCSD policy.  ECMCS requires parents to "OPT-OUT" of having their child checked for lice in the case of an outbreak. 
If you would like to OPT-OUT, please complete the form below
ECMCS Opt-Out Form

Here are some things we have found to be helpful:

  • Check each child’s hair at least once a week or daily if there are known cases of lice going around.  The best places to look for lice are in the hair right behind the ears and the nape of the neck.  Lice are wingless and they do not fly. They are brown in color, and are about the size of a sesame seed.  Nits are oval and range in color from milky white to tannish-brown. Nits are  "glued" individually to pieces of hair near the scalp. It is easy to mistake sand, dirt, dry skin, dandruff, or other things caught in the hair for nits.  Remember that nits are always "glued" to a piece of hair, are not easily moved.
  • Get a quality steel comb made specifically for lice and nits.  The plastic combs that come in the kits are not the best choice.  A couple good brands are:  Nit Free Terminator Lice Combby Eco Living Friendly (ELFbrands) & Fairly Tales Terminator Nit and Lice Comb.  Both are available on Amazon.  
  • If lice or nits are found, apply a treatment to kill the lice. You can buy a kit in any drugstore, or alternatively use a mixture of tea tree oil, and olive oil (or mayonnaise).  You can check online to find specific instructions for using the mixture. It is crucial for all the hair to be thoroughly coated and left on for 3 to 8 hours with a plastic shower cap or bag.  Longer is better.
  • Wash all bedding in hot water. Put pillows in the dryer on high. Wash all stuffed animals.  If you have a large freezer, items can also be put in a plastic bag and left in the freezer for 72 hours.
  • Wash all brushes, combs, hats and hair accessories in hot water or soak in lice treatment.
  • Vacuum house, furniture and car thoroughly and spray with lice treatment (tea tree oil mixed with water works and there are other natural sprays available like the Fairy Tale products).
  • This is where it is extremely important to be vigilant - after the initial action, comb each family member’s hair daily for 2 weeks with the steel nit and lice comb.  This is VERY important because the lice treatment kills only the live lice and nits can survive for over 2 weeks.  Use hot water and a clear glass bowl to dip the lice comb into after each brush through. Divide the hair in sections if it's long.  Being diligent about combing through daily for this long after treatment is what will prevent a re-infestation. A detangling spray is helpful to use with the comb. This is a good time to put in a favorite movie or if you move outdoors, it can be even more fun!
  • For continued prevention use a conditioner with tea tree oil or simply spray hair before school with tea tree oil mixed with water. Consider using gel or hairspray to keep the hair slick and hard for lice to attach to - especially if there is a known outbreak at school.
  • Girls with long hair can wear their hair up during lice season or if an outbreak occurs at school.
  • Keep your children away from other children until the problem is completely gone.  Lice can jump and spread faster than you can blink!
  • Tell parents of children your family has been in contact with lice and they too should check for lice. It's easier to treat if you catch it early. We are a family here at East Cooper Montessori and open communication is always encouraged.
  • Tell your kids not to share brushes, combs, hats or hair accessories.

 As always feel free to call the nurse at 216-2883 or email at nurse@montessoricharterschool.com.

It's easier to treat if you catch it early.

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Includes treatment letter, CCSD Department of Heath Information and ECMCS Lice Policy and Procedure

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For more Information, please click the "Head Lice Help" link below.  This information is provided by Charleston County School District Health Services Department
‚Äč"Head Lice Help"

Head Lice Policy Stated in the 2015 -2016 ECMCS Handbook

Students may return after completing an approved treatment.  A parent must accompany the child into school upon return and provide proof of treatment (the lice shampoo or medication box).  No live lice or nits may be present at the time of readmittance.  Please see the school nurse before entering the classroom.

ECMCS Procedure
Regarding Lice

  • ECMCS sends a notification by email or letter to parents that lice are present in the classroom
  • The classroom(s) are carefully vacuumed and cleaned
  • The ECMCS nurse checks all of the students in the affected class
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