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Burbank USD |  AR  5141.33  Students

Head Lice   

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The Board of Education believes that the district's head lice management program should emphasize the correct diagnosis and treatment of head lice in order to minimize disruption of the education process and to reduce the number of student absences resulting from infestation. To that end the following protocol shall be followed:

1. School employees shall report all suspected cases of head lice to the school nurse, health services assistant, or designee as soon as possible.

2. If it is suspected that a student has lice, the student shall be discreetly sent to the School Health Office so that he/she can be checked by the school nurse or designee.

3. The school nurse or health services assistant, or designee shall examine the student and other students who are siblings of the affected student or members of the same household.

4. If a student is found with active, adult head lice the school nurse, health services assistant, or designee will contact the student's parent or guardian to discuss treatment and the student will be sent home.

a. If a student is found with lice eggs (nits), but no active, adult head lice, the school nurse or designee shall contact the student's parent or guardian to determine whether or not the student has been treated for lice infestation. If the student has been treated and does not have active adult head lice, the student shall be sent back to class.

b. If the student is found with lice eggs (nits), but no active, adult head lice, but has not yet undergone treatment, the school nurse or designee shall discuss treatment options with the parent or guardian and the student shall be sent home.

5. The school nurse or designee shall provide the parent or guardian of the excluded student information and district authorized educational material regarding the treatment of head lice.

6. The excluded student shall be allowed to return to school following successful treatment of the infestation and shall be checked by the school nurse, health services assistant, or designee before returning to class.

7. A student who has been found with lice or lice eggs (nits) and treated shall be rechecked weekly for up to six weeks by the school nurse, health services assistant, or designee.

(cf. 5141.3 - Health Examinations)

(cf. 5141.6 - Student Health and Social Services)

8. The school nurse, health services assistant, or designee shall send home the district-authorized notification for excluded students.

(cf. 5145.6 - Parental Notifications)

9. The principal and school nurse shall work with the parents/guardians of any student who has been deemed to be a chronic head lice case in order to help minimize the student's absences from school.

(cf. 5113 - Absences and Excuses)

(cf. 5113.1 - Truancy)

10. When two or more students in any class have been identified as having a head lice infestation, all students in the class shall be examined by the school nurse, health services assistant, or designee.

11. When two or more students in any class have been identified as having a head lice infestation, the principal shall send home to all parents/guardians of the students in that class the district authorized "Notice of Exposure to Pediculosis".

(cf. 5125 - Student Records)

12. Staff shall maintain the privacy of students identified as having head lice and excluded from attendance.

(cf. 4119.23/4219.23/4319.23 - Unauthorized Release of Confidential/Privileged Information)

Policy BURBANK UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT

adopted: March 7, 2013 Burbank, California