Headlice in schools

Please see below information from the HSE about Headlice

Head lice infection is common in the community; the peak age for infection is 7-8 years. When two heads are touching for a minute or more, the lice climb rapidly through the hair from one head to another. They don’t jump, fly or swim and they aren’t fussy about clean or dirty hair.

The infection can cause anxiety among parents, children and teachers. This sometimes leads to inappropriate actions for example, overuse of treatments or use of treatments which are not shown to be effective.

Parents have the primary responsibility to identify and treat head lice infection in the family. However, parents need to be supported with clear and consistent information by health and education professionals.

HSE Headlice Leaflet for parents and guardians

HSE Guidelines for control of Headlice infection in children