LICE PROTOCOL AND PROCEDURE:
PREVENTION AND EDUCATION:
- In September of each year, students in grades Pre-k 5 will be checked for head lice.
- Head checks will be scheduled following Christmas and Easter break.
- The school nurse will meet with students at the beginning of the school year to review health practices that help diminish the incidence of head lice.
- A video about head lice will be available for parents to borrow.
- Any student is found to have a case of head lice or nits will be sent to the health office to be re-checked by the school nurse to confirm the presence of head lice.
- The child will remain in the health office until the parent can come to school to pick the child up. If the parent is unavailable, the next individual on the students emergency contact list will be called. Under no circumstances will the student be sent home on the bus.
- When the parent or other adult arrives to pick the child up, they will be offered a packet of information containing the following: 1.) General information about head lice; 2.) The care and treatment of head lice. The nurse will also inform the parent/adult about the schools policy for return to school.
- Once a student has been identified with lice, the nurse will check the entire class. A general letter will be sent home to the classroom affected.
- Once a student is identified with having lice, other siblings in the district will be screened.
- Students, who have been sent home with lice, must return to school through the health office. They must report to the health office accompanied by an adult, to be examined by the nurse. Students must be louse and nit-free to be readmitted to school.
- Students returning to school, who are louse and nit-free, will be re-checked on the seventh school day after readmission to school.
- If there are repeated cases of lice with a particular student or a student is returned to school several times and head lice or nits are still present, Mrs. Martin, Mrs. Patterson and other guidance personnel may be contacted for assistance.
- In any situation where there are seven or more students in the building identified with lice, the building principal and the school nurse will meet to review the situation.