The best way to keep your facility lice free is to be proactive. Our technicians can check one class or the entire school facility. We will educate your teachers and staff about precautionary measures that should be taken and how to recognize the signs of head lice. Your parents will appreciate the positive measures you put into place to keep their children safe.
Anyone who has ever had to deal with a child coming home from school with lice wants to know how to prevent further infestations. Unfortunately, there is no way to absolutely prevent lice from showing up in schools. Lice are not a sign of negligence; because lice infestations can be asymptomatic in their early stages, even the most conscientious parents can miss the early signs of a lice infestation.
Why do lice spread in schools? People have come up with all sorts of explanations to explain how and why schools provide such a great way for kids to transmit lice to one another, but the answer is actually very simple: head to head contact. Children, especially younger children, love to touch other children. They hug, they lean on one another, and they generally do not observe the social norms about personal space that adults observe. The result is person-to-person contact, and lice spread through person-to-person contact.
While lice do not live long off of the body, they can live in personal items. Combs, hats, and other items that touch the hair or the head can transmit lice from one person to another. Again, this is a scenario where children, who are far more likely to share these personal items than adults are, are at a much greater risk than grown-ups for lice transmission.
In many New Jersey school districts, there has been a somewhat recent change of school lice in New Jersey policies. In the past, it was believed that isolating an impacted individual from the rest of the school was necessary to prevent transmission of the lice from person to person. Now, the child’s parents are generally notified that the child has lice and are asked to promptly treat the child. Children who are likely to have had close head-to-head contact with the afflicted child are inspected for lice. Many schools no longer check entire classrooms or schools for children and those with whom they have come into close contact are checked for lice, and, once declared lice-free, rechecked at a two-week interval to insure that they have not been re-infested by hatching nits.