How Long After Lice Treatment Can You Go to School?

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Have you noticed your child scratching their head? More sleepless nights? Maybe irritability? It’s time to check for head lice!

Head lice are a common problem for school children, and if you have recently experienced an infestation at home, it’s essential to take the right steps to notify your school. Children participate in group activities and often share items during playtime at school, greatly increasing the chances of spreading head lice. If you identify a nit or louse on your child, the first step is to treat the infestation and your home to prevent a further spread. You should also consult with your school and follow their policy on nits to prevent a re-infestation.

In this article, we’ll explain what you should do, how long after lice treatment you can return to school, how to notify the administration, and how to find your school’s policy on lice and nits.

How Long After Lice Treatment Can You Go to School?

The general guideline is that children can return to school as soon as they have been treated for head lice. Most lice-killing products like Licefreee Everyday Shampoo are effective at killing and preventing both adult lice and nits, but it’s essential to follow the instructions carefully and to repeat the treatment as directed. After treatment, it is safe to return to school, even if there are still nits in the hair.

How to Prevent Further Infestation

Lice are easily spread from person to person by direct and indirect contact, usually from head-to-head contact or via clothing and hair accessories. It’s essential to take the proper steps to prevent an infestation from taking place, especially at schools. Here are some things you should do in the case of a lice infestation:

  1. Notify the school: It’s important to notify the school that your child has been treated for head lice. This can alert the school of a potential infestation and will also help them take the correct steps to notify other parents to conduct at-home lice inspections.
  2. Avoid close contact: Explaining to your child how lice spreads can help limit an outbreak. Encourage your child to avoid close contacts, such as hugging or sharing hats and hair accessories.
  3. Wash bedding and clothing: Nits and lice can fall off onto bedding and clothing. Be sure to wash all items that may have come in contact with the infected person. We recommend machine washing and drying items on the hot cycle.
  4. Repeat treatment: Be sure to follow instructions on the lice treatment and repeat the treatment as directed, usually within 7-10 days of the first treatment.

How to Notify Your School About Lice

Every school has a different policy on how to notify them about a lice infestation. Some schools require a doctor’s note or proof of treatment, while others may simply ask you to inform the school nurse. Contact your school by phone or email to find out their specific policy and requirements for your child to return to school.

How to Find Out Your School’s Policy on Lice and Nits

To find out your school’s policy on lice and nits, check the school’s handbook or website. You can also call the school and ask to speak with the nurse or administration for more information. It’s important to familiarize yourself with the school’s policy to ensure you are following their guidelines and helping to prevent the spread of head lice.


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