Head Lice Information

Each year cases of pediculosis (head lice) are found throughout York Region schools. In an effort to reduce the numbers of cases found and decrease the inconvenience to parents/guardians and students, we are seeking your assistance.  We would ask that you please inspect your child’s hair and scalp for pediculosis.  Periodic inspections during the year will help prevent the spread of head lice.

Head lice are tiny (1/8” or 3mm long) wingless insects with flattened bodies. They cling to the hair by means of six legs. They live mostly behind the ears and at the nape of the neck. The female lays tiny, yellowish-white eggs called nits. They resemble dandruff but are attached to the hair by a cement-like material and are very difficult to remove. It is usually the eggs that are noticed first.  If head lice are found, do not return your child to school until treated.  This will prevent the spread of pediculosis. Children are only allowed to reenter the class when all the nits are removed from the hair.

Resources to support families in decreasing head lice in our school communities include the school board’s Fact Sheet, as well as information from York Region Community and Health Service’s Facts of Lice.  For more information, please call the Public Health Nurses at York Region Health Services Health Connection line, 1-800-363-5653, (Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.).

Our thanks for your support.