Decatur County Community Schools
Administrative Guidelines
 

8451 - PEDICULOSIS (HEAD LICE)

Whenever a student is found to be infested with head lice, his/her parent/guardian will be notified of the infestation and requested to pick up the student immediately.

Additionally, the student will be told of the infestation and reassured that it is a very treatable condition and nothing to be ashamed of. The student also will be educated in the transmission of lice and told not to share combs, hats, etc. with others.

When the parent picks up the student, the parent will be informed that the student needs to be treated before s/he returns and the parent will need to complete Form 8451A F3 before the student is readmitted. The student will be permitted to return to school after it is confirmed that the child is free of any live lice.

[NOTE:

The American Association of Pediatrics and other organizations advocate that "no-nit" policies should be discontinued because misdiagnosis is common, the burden outweighs the harm to the student and nits are cemented to hair shafts and are very unlikely to be transferred successfully to other people.]

The parent will be provided with a notification letter (Form 8451A F2) and a treatment form that provides guidance and educational material concerning the epidemiology, treatment, and follow-up procedures for the infestation (Form 8451A F1).

The parent will be informed that other family members might be infested and need treatment.

If the parent is unwilling or unable to identify nits or lice, s/he should be advised where this service is provided (local health department, clinic, physician's office).

If the parent/guardian is unable to visit the school (i.e., pick up the student), a phone call to the parent explaining the above information shall be made, and the referenced cover letter (Form 8451A F2), along with the additional information (Form 8451A F1) will be sent home with the student.

The other students in the infested student's classroom and the student's sibling(s) should be examined for evidence of either the lice or lice eggs (nits). The examinations should be done by the school nurse or designee.

The proper way to confirm the presence of lice is to find actual lice in the child's hair. Transmission of lice most often occurs by direct contact with the head of another infested child as lice do not jump or fly. Indirect contact can include personal belongings of an infested child (combs, brushes, hats, pillows, and bedding).

Only children and family members who have head lice should be treated. If parents are unsure if a child has lice, the hair should be combed with a lice comb to see if lice are present.

Procedure for treatment and follow up:

 

A.

If head lice are confirmed at school, the actions described above will be taken.

     
 

B.

Parents need to notify the school health staff if they discover lice at home. They should notify parents of their child's close friends.

     
 

C.

The school health staff is readily available to discuss treatment and follow-up of head lice.

Approved 1/14/15

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