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Lakeside Union SD (Lakeside) |  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.

The Superintendent or designee may distribute information to parents/guardians of preschool and elementary students regarding routine screening, symptoms, accurate diagnosis, and proper treatment of head lice infestations. The Superintendent or designee also may provide related information to school staff.

(cf. 4131/4231 - Staff Development)

If a student is found with active, live head lice, he/she shall be referred to the health office and it will be determined if the student is allowed to stay in school until the end of the school day, based on age and risk of behaviors that could increase the risk of possible transmission to other students. The parent/guardian of any such student shall receive information about recommended treatment procedures of head lice and encourage them to begin treatment of the student immediately and to check all members of the family.

(cf. 5141.3 - Health Examinations)

If a student is found consistently infested with head lice, he/she may be referred to the District Nurse to determine the best approach for identifying and resolving problems contributing to the student's head lice infestations.

(cf. 1020 - Youth Services)

(cf. 5113 - Absences and Excuses)

(cf. 5113.1 - Chronic Absence and Truancy)

When it is determined that several students in class are infested with head lice, the principal or designee may, at his/her discretion, notify parents/guardians of the students in that class or school and provide them with information about the detection and treatment of head lice.

(cf. 5125 - Student Records)

Staff shall maintain the privacy of students identified as having head lice.

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

(cf. 5125 - Student Records)

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, March 2012

A Parent's Guide to Head Lice, 2008


Position Statement: Pediculosis Management, rev. 2011


American Academy of Pediatrics:

California Department of Public Health:

California School Nurses Organization:

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


adopted: September 17, 2012 Lakeside, California

revised: September 8, 2016