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Kingsburg Elementary Charter |  BP  5141.33  Students

Head Lice   

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The Governing Board recognizes that head lice infestations among students require treatment but do not pose a risk of transmitting disease. The Superintendent or designee shall encourage early detection and treatment in a manner that minimizes disruption to the educational program and reduces student absences.

School employees shall report all suspected cases of head lice to the school nurse or designee as soon as possible. The nurse or designee shall examine the student and other students who are siblings of the affected student or members of the same household.

If a student is found with nits or lice, he/she shall be excluded from attendance. The parent/guardian of an excluded student shall receive information about recommended treatment procedures and sources of further information. The student shall be allowed to return to school the next day and shall be checked by the nurse or designee before returning to class. Once he/she is determined to be free of nits or lice, the student shall be rechecked weekly for up to six weeks.

(cf. 5141.3 - Health Examinations)

(cf. 5141.6 - School Health Services)

The Superintendent or designee shall send home the notification required by law for excluded students. (Education Code 48213)

(cf. 5112.2 - Exclusions from Attendance)

(cf. 5145.6 - Parental Notifications)

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 - Chronic Absence and Truancy)

When one or more students in any class have been identified as having nits or head lice, all students in the class shall be examined and information about head lice shall be sent home to all parents/guardians in the class.

(cf. 5125 - Student Records)

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)

Legal Reference:


48320-48325 School attendance review boards

49451 Physical examinations: parent's refusal to consent

Management Resources:


Guidelines on Head Lice Prevention and Control for School Districts and Child Care Facilities, rev. March 2012

A Parent's Guide to Head Lice, 2008


Pediculosis Management, Position statement, rev. 2011


America Academy of Pediatrics:

California Department of Public Health:

California School Nurses Organization:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Parasitic Disease Information, Head Lice:


adopted: March 12, 2007 Kingsburg, California

revised: February 21, 2012

revised: December 8, 2014

revised: October 13, 2016