Preventing Head Lice

From CDC's website and

Prevention & Control

Head lice are spread most commonly by direct head-to-head (hair-to-hair) contact. However, much less frequently they are spread by sharing clothing or belongings onto which lice have crawled or nits attached to shed hairs may have fallen. The risk of getting infested by a louse that has fallen onto a carpet or furniture is very small. Head lice survive less than 1-2 days if they fall off a person and cannot feed; nits cannot hatch and usually die within a week if they are not kept at the same temperature as that found close to the scalp.

The following are steps that can be taken to help prevent and control the spread of head lice:

  • Avoid head-to-head (hair-to-hair) contact during play and other activities at home, school, and elsewhere (sports activities, playground, slumber parties, camp).
  • Do not share clothing such as hats, scarves, coats, sports uniforms, hair ribbons, or barrettes.
  • Do not share combs, brushes, or towels. Disinfest combs and brushes used by an infested person by soaking them in hot water (at least 130°F) for 5-10 minutes.
  • Do not lie on beds, couches, pillows, carpets, or stuffed animals that have recently been in contact with an infested person.
  • Machine wash and dry clothing, bed linens, and other items that an infested person wore or used during the 2 days before treatment using the hot water (130°F) laundry cycle and the high heat drying cycle. Clothing and items that are not washable can be dry-cleaned OR sealed in a plastic bag and stored for 2 weeks.
  • Vacuum the floor and furniture, particularly where the infested person sat or lay. However, spending much time and money on housecleaning activities is not necessary to avoid reinfestation by lice or nits that may have fallen off the head or crawled onto furniture or clothing.
  • Do not use fumigant sprays or fogs; they are not necessary to control head lice and can be toxic if inhaled or absorbed through the skin.

To help control a head lice outbreak in a community, school, or camp, children can be taught to avoid activities that may spread head lice.

Writing a testimony or comment to offcials

Here are some tips to improve your communication to elected officials from

• Demonstrate respect and courtesy, no matter what. "Dear Mr. Barclary and Members of the Board of Education"

• Stress the fact that you are a constituent in the subject or  first line. "I am a homeowner in the City of Rockville and a parent at Beall E.S."

• If your e-mail refers to a specific bill, identify it in the subject line. In this case it is, "Superintendent's CIP Recommendation 2013-2018"

• Personalize the e-mail by including the name of your local school or school district and explain how the policy will affect your community. (e.g., "I am concerned with the long standing issue of overcrowding at Beall E.S.")

• State your opinion and your specific request within the first or second sentence. (i.e. "I support the Superintendent's CIP recommendation to build RM Cluster Elementary School #5”

• Include your address; your elected official will want to know that you are a constituent.

• If you have any personal association with policymakers, remind them.  Nothing is more effective in getting a policymaker’s attention.

Finally, send your snail mail letter to:
Montgomery County Board of Education
Carver Education Services Center
850 Hungerford Drive, Room 123
Rockville MD 20850

Alternatively, email letter/testimony/comments to the BOE can be sent to [email protected]. All Board members will receive the message. Please CC it to [email protected] so we know that you sent BOE a comment.

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The students of Generation Z Tutoring at Richard Montgomery High School [[email protected]] offer free tutoring right near Beall at the Rockville Library. Please use this application form to contact them.

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