Head lice are not serious, but can be very annoying.  Research has shown that infections of head lice occur just as often in school holidays as during term time.  However, it would be wonderful if the children could return to school on Tuesday 8th September head lice free.

A routine of regularly wet combing everyone’s hair in the family, to check for lice, is advisable.  You must only treat if live lice are found.

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The Health Protection Agency advises School Nurses not to send out letters informing parents about any incidents of head lice, as it has not been shown to curtail the spread, but can cause itching and anxiety as a psychological response.

The DfEE/DoH guidelines state there is no need for a child who has head lice to stay away from school.