The School Nurse Lice Battle Plan

For School Nurses, Day Cares & Care Providers

A child could come home with the flu, the cold, vomiting, pooping, and a number of possible school playground injuries, but let a child's parent find lice in their child's hair and all of a sudden you, as the school's nurse, are on trial. Yep, you go from hero, "Thanks for calling me and telling me that Little Johnny's temp is 104.6." Then to the worst nurse ever, "My kid got lice from your school and I want to know what you are going to do about it!" Truth be known, maybe I'd be less "upset" with my kid coming home with flu bug than coming home with the lice "bug." 

We school nurses can be a tiny, tiny bit judgmental as well. The parent may say, "Johnny came home with lice." We school nurses say, "Little Johnny is bringing lice into our school."

Persistent pediculosis is not a sign of ‘not loving your children.’ Persistent pediculosis is a sign of ‘not knowing what to do.’ Complacency with pediculosis a sign of ‘giving up.’ I am Nurse Kevin, a school nurse who hopes that the information I share on this page as well as will help you help all the struggling parents and their children that have lice and ‘just don’t know what to do’ as well as getting the parents ‘back in the fight!’

This page will offer some tools for you (some free and some for a nominal fee) to help you educate your teachers and parents all about head lice. Once they understand this bug, they will have less fear of one finding their way to their own hair. Teachers want to take memories of a happy day back to their homes; they do not want to take head lice home...and who can blame them. I don't want those dog-on bugs in my hair either!




RID contains pyrethrum and NIX contains permethrin. But what does that mean? Is one better than the other at killing lice and what about all those eggs?


You’ve found lice on a head in your home. WHAT THE HECK!? Okay, don’t sweat. You’ve got this. Read this LICE BATTLE PLAN and get them bugs gone!!


Learn more about lice. You have an 2-3% chance of lice coming into your home this year. The more you know about these pests the better prepared you’ll be.