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Redlands USD |  BP  5141.33  Students

Head Lice   

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To prevent the spread of head lice infestations, school employees shall report all suspected cases of head lice to the school nurse/designee as soon as possible. The nurse/designee shall examine the student and any siblings of affected students or members of the same household. If nits or lice are found, the student shall be excluded from attendance and parents/guardians informed about recommended treatment procedures and sources of further information.

(cf. 5141.3 - Health Examinations)

(cf. 5141.6 - School-Based Health and Social 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)

If there are two or more students affected in any class, all students in the class shall be examined, and information about head lice shall be sent home to all parents/guardians of those students.

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)

Excluded students may return to school when:

1. They bring a note from the parent/guardian verifying treatment; and

2. Reexamination by the nurse or designee shows that all nits and lice have been removed.

Legal Reference:

EDUCATION CODE

48210-48216 Persons excluded

49451 Physical examinations: parent's refusal to consent

Management Resources:

AMERICAN ACADEMY OF PEDIATRICS

Lice, Nits, and School Policy, Official Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics, May 2001

CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH PUBLICATIONS

Guidelines on Head Lice Prevention and Control for School Districts and Child Care Facilities, 2009

CALIFORNIA SCHOOL NURSES ORGANIZATION

Position Statement: Pediculosis Management, 2005

WEB SITES

California Department of Public Health: http://www.cdph.ca.gov

California School Nurses Organization: http://www.scno.org

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Parasitic Disease Information, Head Lice: http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dpd/parasites/lice

Policy REDLANDS UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT

adopted: June 27, 1995 Redlands, California

revised: November 9, 1999