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San Leandro USD |  AR  5141.33  Students

Head Lice   

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School employees shall follow the steps below when head lice are detected on students:

1. School employees shall report all suspected cases of head lice in the least intrusive/embarrassing manner to the school nurse or site designee as soon as possible.

2. The site designee or school nurse may examine the student and any siblings of affected students or members of the same household.

3. If active (crawling) lice are found, the student shall be allowed to remain until the end of the school day.

4. The parents/legal guardians must be informed by phone, email, or note and provided information about recommended treatment procedures, ways to check the hair, and other resources of information.

5. If nits are found, the student can remain at school but need to be re-inspected within 7-10 school days. If infestation continues, the student will be excluded from school until no active lice are detected.

6. If there are two or more students affected in any one classroom, all students in the class may be examined.

7. The school nurse or site designee will notify parents/legal guardians in the affected classroom to encourage them to check their children and to treat if appropriate, and or examine other students most likely to have had direct head to head contact with the affected student. Information about head lice shall be sent home to all parents/legal guardians in the class.

8. Students identified with chronic cases of lice infestation shall be referred to the Coordination of Services Team or COST for resources and support.

9. Excluded students may return to school when they bring a note from the parent/legal guardian indicating the treatment used and when reexamination by the nurse or site designee shows that all lice have been removed.

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


approved: August 3, 1999 San Leandro, California

reviewed: June 25, 2013

reviewed: June 24, 2014