Head Lice Procedures

  • Identification Protocol

    1. If a student exhibits frequent scratching of his/her scalp, the student will be sent to the health office for a suspected case of head lice.
    2. The health aide, secretary, or other trained personnel will inspect the head of any student reasonably suspected of having head lice.
    3. If eggs (nits) or lice are found, the student will be excluded from attendance.
    4. The classroom teacher will be notified that the student will be excluded from attendance. Staff will maintain the privacy of the student(s) identified as having head lice.
    5. The parent(s)/guardian(s) of the student will be informed.
    6. The siblings of any student with head lice will be checked, and other schools where siblings attend will be notified.
    7. The student's(s') contacts (close friends) will be checked for the presence of lice.
    8. If more than one student is affected in any class, the district nurse and principal will be consulted to determine whether to examine all students in the class/and or provide information about head lice to all parents/guardians of students in the class.

     

    School Re-entry

    1. Parent will accompany student upon re-entry to school for inspection.
    2. The health Aide, secretary, or other trained personnel will examine any excluded student and verify to the Building Principal that all eggs (nits) and lice are gone before the student may return.
    3. The parent/guardian will bring a note to school verifying treatment.

     

    School Responsibility

    1. Staff will report all suspected cases of head lice to the school nurse or health office, and will maintain privacy of students suspected or identified.
    2. If more than one student is affected in any class, the district nurse and principal will determine whether to examine all students in the class (or on a team), and/or send a letter to inform parents/guardians.
    3. Custodial staff will vacuum carpet of the affected classroom and all upholstered furniture within the classroom.
    4. Stuffed animals will be removed and bagged for at least one (1) week.

     

    Parent Responsibility

    1. Check your child’s hair and scalp weekly for eggs.
    2. Do not allow your children to use other children’s combs, brushes, hats, etc.
    3. If you find your child does have head lice, call and inform the school.
    4. Follow the protocol for treatment. Both over-the-counter and prescription medications are available for treatment of lice.
    5. After using a medicated shampoo, remove the eggs (nits) with your fingers.
    6. Hats, combs, brushes, and bed linens should be cleaned thoroughly.

     

    More Info from Center for Disease Control (CDC)