Head lice infection is not a problem of schools but of the wider community. Parents are primarily responsible for identifying, treating, and preventing head lice in their family.
The school regularly reminds parents about this responsibility, provides educational resources for preventing and treating head lice, and promotes family hair checks.
When head lice are detected at school, the teacher contacts the school office, and notification and treatment information is sent home to the affected student/s.
The public health nurse does not undertake hair checks, but can deliver a parent education session to discuss prevention and treatment, and answer questions. The public health nurse is also available to liaise with families individually at their homes. This is arranged through the school office, or by ringing the public health nurse directly.
Information about head lice is distributed to all families during epidemics.