Pediculosis (Head Lice) guidelines
- Lice do not cause serious health issues.
- Lice in most cases have been on the child's head for 1 month before being discovered.
- Prevention of lice transmission should be consistently practiced.
- The Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the National Association of School Nurses (NASN) recommend not excluding or allowing children to miss school due to head lice.
- Assess child at a time when the health room is empty or at the end of the day.
- Children with nits only will be allowed to return to the classroom. A child with visible live lice will be excluded from school.
- If a child has confirmed live head lice, any siblings or other children living in the home will be assess. Entire classrooms and buses will no longer be assessed.
- The excluded child and parent will return to school with a box of pediculocide as confirmation of treatment.
- Child will be rechecked in 7 days.
- Live lice crawl--they do not jump or fly
- Lice cannot survive off the head. They usually die in 1-2 days. Nits off the hair shaft die within hours.
- Tactfully contact the parents and answer any questions.
- A home, room or school can not be chemically treated for lice.
Last Modified on March 6, 2015