Head lice is a nuisance, however does not transmit disease to humans. Historically, head lice policies in schools emphasized that a child infested with head lice could not return to school until no nits were found in their hair (“no-nit” policy). There is no evidence that a no-nit policy prevents or shortens lengths of outbreaks. The American Academy of Pediatrics, the National Association of School Nurses, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are all opponents of no-nit policies. Therefore, the California Department of Public Health recommends a “no-lice policy.”
Wiseburn Unified School District has adopted this “no-lice policy.” The essential components of this policy are:
Early detection of head lice infestations through routine screenings by parents and/or caregivers
Treatment of children found to have active/live lice
Distribution of educational material to school staff and parents on head lice, nit combing, and treatment
DETECTION-Parents are primarily responsible for detecting head lice. Symptoms include excessive itching of the scalp and/or frequent scratching. If head lice are detected at school, the parents will be notified and the child will stay in school until the end of the day. Parents will be given information on how to treat head lice.
TREATMENT-Student should be treated for head lice that day and can return to school the next morning. Before going to class, the student will first need to be examined by the school nurse or health clerk to ensure there they no longer have active/live head lice. The student can return to class if no live lice are seen.
EDUCATIONAL MATERIAL-please click the image below for detailed information on treatment of head lice.
*Please remember that you need to be diligent with using a nit comb to remove nits (lice eggs). As the brochure states, the best way to get rid of head lice is to comb their hair every day with a nit comb for two weeks. This will ensure all nits and any live lice are removed.