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Headlice Info

Although it is not the school's responsibility to deal with issues of head lice, we want to ensure that we provide you with advice and support in order to effectively detect and treat cases which can affect your children. 


Head Lice Facts

  • Lice are wingless insects, living and feeding on the blood from the scalp.
  • Nits are actually the empty egg cases left on the hair after the lice have hatched.
  • Adult lice can live for as long as a month, with females laying several eggs a day. Research indicates that one untreated female louse can lead to an infestation of 1,000 head lice in just a month.
  • Lice can only spread by head to head contact.
  • The best known symptom of head lice is the itching, but only 30 per cent are aware of it. It can be uncomfortable, affect sleep and even affect a child's confidence.
  • Lice have no preference to clean or dirty hair and can only survive on human heads. They can't live on bedding, clothes or pets.


Please use the links below for further information on how to deal with head lice.