More than 30 students, teachers and staff members at were found to have head lice last week, prompting school officials to take action to stop it from spreading.
Kara Droney, a school district spokeswoman, said the first cases were reported early last week, but the number of students and faculty with lice spiked Thursday and Friday.
The school never closed, she said, but all weekend activities were canceled while custodians clean and sanitized the entire building.
Droney said all students were asked to take personal belongings home and not bring gym clothes to school this week in an attempt to stop the spread. Parents also received letters on how to handle the situation if their child has lice.
Droney said the number of students with lice is “a moving target at this point.” Several teachers and staff also were reported to have head lice, she said.
“It’s hard to say because we’re constantly checking students, teachers, staff and everybody,” she said. “When people are found with lice, they’re sent home.”
The school district is advising parents to wash all clothing in hot water that is at least 130 degrees Fahrenheit and consult their child’s pediatrician if they have other questions. The Allegheny County Health Department offers free medicated shampoo for anyone who is not able to get it from their family physician.