•                                 Pediculosis (Head Lice) guidelines

    Rationale:

    • 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.

    Screening:

    • 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.

    Remember:

    • 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