FREE RESOURCES FOR SCHOOLS
TO SHARE WITH PARENTS
Head lice are a normal part of childhood. Despite this, they can be a stressful and frustrating problem for parents to deal with.
While responsibility sits with parents, schools can help by sharing accurate and reliable information that parents can trust to guide them through the process.
This campaign provides expert guidance completely free of charge.
FAQs - FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE CAMPAIGN
This campaign was created to ensure parents have the best possible advice to help them deal with head lice without stress or fear. Whilst head lice isn't a school issue, parents will often look to schools for advice or alerts about head lice outbreaks. All campaign materials are completely free of charge.
We encourage schools to proactively share the campaign materials with parents of students so that they have reliable best practice advice to draw upon. Hundreds of schools around the country have taken advantage of the campaign to help parents keep head lice at bay.
Head lice cannot live away from heads. There is no risk of lice spreading to clothes, furniture or bedding, so additional cleaning is not needed.
In a word, no. But parents should check their child's hair for live lice and if they're found, then they should treat as necessary.
If children are checked for head lice on a weekly basis and treated straight away when live lice are found then they can attend school, child care and all other activities as usual. If possible, the child should try to avoid making head-to-head contact with other children until all the lice are gone.
It could be that not all the lice are dead. So, the parent should be encouraged to keep checking. But remember, the itch might keep going for up to 10 days after the lice have been killed as the biting injuries might have built up over several weeks or more.
No, but it's better for parents to check at home anyway — they can do it more regularly and can check the whole family, not just the children.