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Head Lice/Uku Guidelines

Head lice or ukus are tiny insects that live on a human's scalp and can cause itching, irritation, and sores on the head from scratching. They are spread from direct head-to-head contact or through indirect sharing of hats, hair ties, combs, and others. 
The Department of Health worked with the Department of Education to provide guidance in how schools can manage head lice incidents at school. 
At Holualoa School, we will follow these guidelines for incidents of head lice:
1. If a student is suspected of having head lice, the school health aide will check the student's hair for head lice. 
2. If head lice are discovered, then a letter will be sent home to parent indicating that there were head lice found on the child's head, along with information on treatment options.
3. At this point, there are two options:
Option 1: Parent can choose to pick up their child from school to begin treatment.
Option 2: Student can return to class and will remain until the end of the day.
4. Students who have been in close proximity to the student with head lice will be provided a letter to take home to parents/guardian. The letter will cover the following:
- Head Lice was found on a student who has been in close proximity to their child.
- Information on identifying head lice on their own child
- Treatment options for head lice
Identifying Head Lice
(FromPreventing and Treating Ukus <--click for pdf)
Head lice/ukus are quick to hide so having the following may be helpful:
  • Good lighting
  • Magnifying glass
  • Comb
  1. Part your child’s hair and look foranything moving along the scalp. Especially BEHIND THE EARS and BACK OF THE NECK.
  2. Look for eggs or nits attached to the hair shaft near the scalp. Nits are NOT easily removed which helps to differentiate from things like dandruff.
  3. If any live head lice/ukus are found, the next step is TREATMENT.
  4. CALL your medical provider ifyou have any concerns or if you are not sure:
    • How to check for head lice/ukus
    • Which treatment to use
(FromPreventing and Treating Ukus <--click for pdf)
  • EVERYONE in the household should be checked and those with live head lice/ukus should be treated.
  • Get MEDICINE that kill head lice/ukus from a local pharmacy or call your child’s medical provider for a prescription.
  • FOLLOW the directions on the medicine box, which may state to repeat in about a week to kill newly hatched head lice/ukus.
  • Use a fine tooth comb to remove dead head lice/ukus and nits from your child’s hair after treatment and every 2-3 days for 2-3 weeks.


Tips on managing head lice/ukus:
  • ​Check your child's hair at least once a week, and if ukus or nits (eggs) are found, treat promptly. You may call your child's physician for possible treatment solutions, some of which may be covered by insurance;
  • Educate yourself and your child about and to treat them if they are found-these are the best prevention measures; and
  • Consider keeping your child's hair slicked back or tied up to reduce risk of acquiring them.
For more information on head lice/ukus, please review the DOH fact sheet here.