Sweetwater Un HSD | BP 5141.33 Students
The Board of Trustees believes that the district's head lice management program should emphasize the correct diagnosis 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. In consultation with the school nurse, the Superintendent or his/her designee may establish a routine screening program to help prevent the spread of head lice.
School employees shall report all suspected cases of head lice to the school nurse or designee as soon as possible. The nurse or designee shall examine the student and other students who are siblings of the affected student or members of the same household.
If a student is found with active, adult head lice, he/she shall be excluded from attendance. The parent/guardian of an excluded student shall receive information about recommended treatment procedures and sources of further information. The student shall be allowed to return to school the next day and shall be checked by the nurse or designee before returning to class. Once he/she is determined to be free of lice, the student shall be rechecked weekly for up to six weeks.
(cf. 5141.3 - Health Examinations)
(cf. 5141.6 - Student Health and Social Services)
The Superintendent or his/her designee shall send home the notification required by law for excluded students. (Education Code 48213)
(cf. 5112.2 - Exclusions from Attendance)
(cf. 5145.6 - Parental Notifications)
The principal and school nurse shall work with the parents/guardians/caregivers of any student who has been deemed to be a chronic head lice case in order to help minimize the student's absences from school.
(cf. 5113 - Absences and Excuses)
(cf. 5113.1 - Truancy)
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. In consultation with the school nurse, the principal may also send information about head lice home to all parents/guardians/caregivers of the students in that class.
(cf. 5125 - Student Records)
Staff shall maintain the privacy of students identified as having head lice and excluded from attendance.
48210-48216 Persons excluded
49451 Physical examinations: parent's refusal to consent
AMERICAN ACADEMY OF PEDIATRICS
Lice, Nits, and School Policy, Official Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics, May 2001
CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH PUBLICATIONS
Guidelines on Head Lice Prevention and Control for School Districts and Child Care Facilities, 2009
CALIFORNIA SCHOOL NURSES ORGANIZATION
Position Statement: Pediculosis Management, 2005
California Department of Public Health: http://www.cdph.ca.gov
California School Nurses Organization: http://www.scno.org
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Parasitic Disease Information, Head Lice: http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dpd/parasites/lice
Policy SWEETWATER UNION HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT
adopted: November 17, 2008 Chula Vista, California