How schools can help

Children catch head lice from each other when they socialise and through head to head contact. This can happen at any time but has long been associated with socialising at school.

Research in the UK shows that 1 in 4 parents still think schools check for head lice and
that 45% of parents want schools to take a more active role in dealing with them.

The ‘Once a Week, Take a Peek’ campaign educates parents on the need to check their
children’s hair regularly for lice as a normal part of their family’s personal hygiene routine and then to take swift action should any be found.

Although this campaign’s emphasis is very much on parents taking responsibility and
action there is still a real and valuable role for schools to play in keeping head lice
infestations to a minimum. The same applies to childcare centres, nurseries, and indeed
any organisation that works with children.