Lice Found at Chartiers Valley School

At least 30 cases of lice have been reported since last week.

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.

The school district has more information about the situation on its website.

also has more info about lice on its website.


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Karie Reynolds October 17, 2011 at 04:25 PM
What are they using to clean the school and I hope they are cleaning the buses as well! By the way its well over 30 people.
Mike Jones (Editor) October 17, 2011 at 04:40 PM
St. Clair Hospital has more info about lice on its website... http://www.healthwise.net/stclair/Content/StdDocument.aspx?f=stclair&DOCHWID=hw51114
Ruth October 17, 2011 at 10:57 PM
@karie: actually lice can only survive a few hours off of someones head. If the bus sits overnight, all should be ok. Before it gets any worse they should call in a professional "Nit picker"! Ilene Steinberg is in the philly area, but travels quite a few hours for treatments. She uses the lousebuster device which is a half hour, dry treatment that kills all of the lice and eggs! She could treat all of those students! I can try to find her number. If I do, I will leave it in the next comment box. Someone should be doing a story on treatments! lousebuster dot com is a website about the lousebuster. maybe a company near there should be called that is using it! All schools should just have this treatment on hand! Outbreaks like this shouldnt' have to happen!
Mike Jones (Editor) October 17, 2011 at 11:25 PM
Thanks for the good advice, Ruth! Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Jamie October 17, 2011 at 11:57 PM
There are many more cases than stated by the school district. It has also spread back to the administration building. Over 15 children were sent home again today, 7 from one classroom. The so called cleaning process is not working. At this point the health department needs to be called in.
Richard Pollack October 18, 2011 at 12:45 AM
This is undoubtedly an unfortunate example of what not to do. First, I question the basis for the claims that there are that many cases of head lice. The diagnosis should be based solely upon the finding of live (crawling) head lice, not on the discovery of what appear to be louse eggs. I anticipate that most of these 'cases' at the school were misdiagnosed. Next, as another person mentioned, head lice would tend to die (from starvation and water loss) within a day. Hence, there is no reason to close or treat a school in any manner. Most importantly, there is no medical or scientific basis to exclude from school kids who have presumed or bona fide head louse infestations. Such policies are based on misinformation and folklore. Want to know more? Educational information about head lice, formerly hosted at the Harvard School of Public Health, can now be found at https://identify.us.com. I provide links there to policy statements by the American Academy of Pediatrics, the National Association of School Nurses and the CDC. -Richard Pollack, PhD (IdentifyUS LLC)
Mike Jones (Editor) October 18, 2011 at 02:28 AM
Richard... Since you are an expert on the subject, would you like for me to send you the school's contact info so you can offer your advice directly to them?
Richard Pollack October 18, 2011 at 12:06 PM
Mike, School administrators are most welcome to contact me directly. I'll be pleased to offer answers to any of their questions, provide citations to back up my statements, and help them develop more meaningful strategies. I helped the NYC public schools (and many others) to reevaluate and retool their own policies, and the results have been quite encouraging.
nicole rose October 21, 2011 at 03:52 PM
I would suggest using Fairy Tales Lice good bye to treat the current lice problem. Our family has had wonderful success wtih this product. We also love using the Rosemary Repel products to help prevent re-infestation.! Thanks Fairy Tales!


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