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San Leandro USD |  BP  5141.33  Students

Head Lice   

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The San Leandro Unified School District's Board of Trustees is committed to maximizing students' academic performance and physical well-being in a healthy and safe environment. The Board of Trustees recognizes that head lice infestations among students require treatment but do not pose a health hazard, are not a sign of uncleanliness, and are not responsible for the spread of 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/legal guardians of preschool and elementary students regarding routine screening, symptoms, accurate diagnosis, and proper treatment of head lice infestations.

(cf. 5113 - Absences and Excuses)

The Superintendent or designee will provide related information and training to school staff. School employees shall report all suspected cases of head lice to the site designee, principal or school nurse as soon as possible.

(cf. 5141.3 - Health Examinations)

(cf. 4131 - Staff Development)

The Board recognizes that responsibility for the treatment of head lice rests with parent or legal guardian. When a student is found with live (active or crawling) head lice, the student shall be allowed to remain at school until the end of the day. The parent/legal guardian of any such student shall be notified that day, provided with information about treatment, encouraged to begin treatment and to check all family members immediately. If the parent/legal guardian does not follow through with the proper treatment, the student with lice will be excluded from school until treatment has been completed.

The parent/ legal guardian shall be informed that the student will be checked upon return to school the next day and allowed to remain in school if no active (crawling) head lice are detected. If active lice are detected, the student will not be allowed to return until there is no remaining evidence. If nits are found, the student can remain in school but the site designee or school nurse shall re-inspect the student within 7-10 school days.

(cf. 5141.3 - Health Examinations)

(cf. 5141. 6 - School Health Services)

(cf. 5112.2 - Exclusions from Attendance)

If a student is found consistently infested with head lice, he/she may be referred to the Coordination of Services Team or COST at the school site, or the school nurse to determine the best approach for identifying and resolving problems contributing to the continued infestations.

(cf. 1020 -Youth services)

(cf. 5113 - Absences and Chronic Truancy)

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/ legal guardians of students in that class or school and provide them with information about the detection and treatment of head lice.

Staff shall make every effort to maintain the privacy of students identified as having head lice and excluded for treatment.

(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, rev. March 2012

A Parent's Guide to Head Lice, 2008


Pediculosis Management, Position Statement, 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: June 15, 1999 San Leandro, California

reviewed: June 25, 2013

reviewed: June 24, 2014