Head Lice Information

District Policy for Control of Head Lice

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6.39 – Control of Head Lice

Ohio Department of Health

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What Are They?

  • Head lice are yellowish-white insects that live on the human scalp.
  • Lice don’t have wings, and they cannot fly, hop, or jump.
  • Head lice are about 1/8 of an inch long.
  • Head lice are difficult to see because they are so small and move very quickly.
  • Itching of the scalp may be the first sign of head lice.
  • Most often, what you will see are the oval eggs (nits) which have been laid by the lice.
  • The eggs are laid close to the scalp (eggs farther than 1/2 inch from the scalp are probably already hatched or dead).
  • The nits are off white in color and are attached to the hair by a cement-like substance.
  • Lice do not cause disease; they are more of an embarrassment and nuisance.

How Do You Get It?

  • Lice are passed from direct personal contact (head-to-head contact or combs, hats, or coats).
  • Lice are not passed in swimming pools, and you cannot get them from pets.
  • Lice can live on any person’s head— regardless of age, income, social status, or cleanliness.
  • If one child has lice, check the hair of everyone else in your house.