Burlingame SD | BP 5141.33 Students
The Board of Trustees recognizes that head lice infestations among students require treatment, but do not pose a risk of transmitting disease. The Board of Trustees believes that the district's head lice management program should emphasize early detection 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.
The Superintendent or designee may distribute information to parents/guardians of elementary school students regarding routine screenings, symptoms, accurate diagnosis, and proper treatment of head lice infestations. The Superintendent or designee also may provide related information to school staff.
(cf. 4131 Staff Development)
(cf. 4231 Staff Development)
School employees shall report all suspected cases of head lice to the school nurse or designee as soon as possible. If a student is found with active, adult head lice, the parent/guardian will be called and encouraged to pick up their child. The student shall be allowed to stay in school until the end of the school day. The parent/guardian of any such student shall receive information about the recommended treatment procedures for head lice and encouraged to begin treatment of the student immediately and to check all members of the family. The parent/guardian also shall be informed that the student shall be checked upon return to school and allowed to remain in school only if no active head lice are detected.
In order for the student to return to school, the parent/guardian will accompany their child to school for a readmission check. The school nurse or designee shall check the student for active head lice. If it is determined that the student remains infected with active head lice, the student cannot return to school and the school nurse or designee shall contact the student's parent/guardian to discuss further treatment options. As needed, he/she may provide additional resources and/or referral to the local health department, health care providers, or other agencies.
(cf. 5141.3 -Health Examinations)
(cf. 5141.6 -School Health Services)
If a student is found to have chronic head lice, he/she may be referred to a multidisciplinary team, which may consist of the school nurse, school site administrators, representatives from the local health department and social services, and other appropriate individuals, to determine the best approach for identifying and resolving problems contributing to the student's head lice, in order to minimize the student's absences from school.
(cf. 1020-Youth Services)
(cf. 5113.1 Chronic Absences and Truancy)
(cf. 5112.2 -Exclusions from Attendance)
(cf. 5145.6 -Parental Notifications)
(cf. 5113 -Absences and Excuses)
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. When it is determined that one or more students in a class or school are infested with head lice, the principal or designee may, at his/her discretion, notify parents/guardians of students in that class or school and provide them with information about the detection and treatment of head lice.
Staff shall maintain the privacy of students identified as having head lice.
(cf. 5125 - Student Records)
49451 Physical examinations: parent's refusal to consent
CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH PUBLICATIONS
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
CALIFORNIA SCHOOL NURSES ORGANIZATION
Pediculosis Management, Position Statement, rev. 2011
American Academy of Pediatrics: http://www.aap.org
California Department of Public Health: http://www.cdph.ca.gov
California School Nurses Organization: http://www.csno.org
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Parasitic Disease Information, Head Lice: http://www.cdc.gov/parasites/lice/head
Policy BURLINGAME SCHOOL DISTRICT
adopted: September 21, 2010 Burlingame, California
revised: June 23, 2015