Although lice aren't dangerous, they can quickly spread among students at school. Because of this, the district has implemented the following procedures to try to prevent the spread of lice at school.
- If a student presents with possible symptoms of head lice such as severe itching of the scalp, neck or ear area or dandruff-like particles or bugs are seen on hair and scalp, that student will be sent to the nurse to be checked for head lice.
- If the school nurse finds positive evidence of live head lice, the parent will be notified by phone. The parent will pick the child up from school at that time to begin treatment. The student will not return to class.
- If a child is found to have live lice, any siblings and other children occupying the same home will also be checked. Entire classrooms will not routinely be checked for lice unless deemed necessary by the nurse and principal.
- Parents will be counseled about treatment choices, procedures and household measures to eradicate the problem in the home. The school nurse will also help parents identify lice on their child's head so that they can feel confident in identifying lice and their eradication after treatment.
- The next school day after treatment has been completed, your child will be checked for the presence of live lice by the school nurse before returning to the classroom. If live lice are found, the parent will be contacted and the child will be sent home. The nurse will continue to provide guidance to the parent as to how to alleviate the problem.The nurse will also check the heads of children who have had lice seven days after treatment.
- Depending on the severity of lice, the child may be checked daily at the nurse’s office until active infestation has been eradicated. The school nurse will continue to assist parents as needed to help resolve this issue through education and referral to outside agencies as necessary.
Signs & Symptoms of Lice
- Severe itching of the scalp
- Nits (tiny oval specks of grey or yellow-white)
- Lice (reddish brown tiny insects)
- Small red bumps on the scalp
- A rash on the scalp, with crusting and oozing (if severe)
- Swollen lymph glands in the neck
Learn more by visiting the American Academy of Pediatric's Guide to What Parents Need to Know about Head Lice by clicking HERE.