Albuquerque Public Schools
Albuquerque schools retain a “no nit” policy which means all students with lice or nits (lice eggs) will be sent home and are not allowed to return to school until all nits are gone.
“When head lice become known at school, the school must take action quickly. As you know, head lice are a troublesome, contagious problem. It spreads through direct contact or through the sharing of personal items such as hats or brushes. Head lice may be contracted any place where children interact. Schools and sleepovers may be places to catch head lice since children are playing so closely together.
To benefit all students and their families, our school has adopted a no-nit policy to manage its problem. Under this policy, a child who is found to have head lice will be sent home for treatment with a head lice-killing product and for the removal of all lice eggs, called nits. The child will not be permitted to return to school until every single nit has been taken out of the child’s hair.
The purpose of this policy is to prevent the spread of head lice. Even one nit can transmit head lice from one child to another. Therefore, it is extremely important that parents are vigilant in treating their child’s head lice, removing the nits, and cleaning the household environment. Our goal is to contain the problem before it becomes widespread.
Even though we require that your child be head lice and nit free, our goal is to have him/her return to school as quickly as possible. We want to minimize any disruption to your child’s education.,
“Reasons your child should stay home:
Untreated skin conditions such as impetigo, lice, scabies, or similar condition”. “Head lice are not a disease. Head lice are spread through direct head-to-head contact such as when a child shares a bed with a sibling or at a sleep-over. Lice cannot jump or fly. They can only crawl from one head to another. Lice may be spread by contact with hats, scarfs, coats, bedding, hairbrushes, combs and all types of hair articles. Please remind your child not to share any hair products with other people. If a person has head lice this does not mean the person is dirty. Ordinary shampoos do not kill head lice. Head lice are a common condition among children and we would advise you to check your child’s hair routinely for signs of head lice. Signs of head lice would be a live lice or nit (which are very small white, almost see through eggs that look like a small grain of rice) on your child’s scalp, nape of neck, or behind the ears. Nits cannot be shaken or brushed out. The nits need to be removed by pulling them off the hair. You should know that daily use of a hair dryer has shown to reduce the risk of head lice returning. Be very careful not to burn your child’s hair or scalp! Head lice are a nuisance rather than a health hazard. Treatment shampoos can be obtained over the counter. If you are having difficulty purchasing these products please contact your school nurse to obtain free lice treatment. It is also very important to follow the directions on the box. Proper treatment includes examination of all household members for lice and treatment of those infested. The removal of nits is key to a successful treatment. Your school nurse can help you identify nits and help to explain the importance of lice combs in the removal of nits. Clothing, bedding and headgear of the person with lice should be laundered in hot soapy water and dried in a dryer on high setting to kill all lice and nits. Items that cannot be cleaned in this matter should be sealed in plastic bag for 14 days since nits cannot hatch in these conditions and lice cannot survive off the human body. All bedding and furniture should be cleaned. Furniture and carpets should be vacuumed thoroughly.”
Moriarty-Edgewood School District
If a student has head lice or nits, he or she will be sent home to be treated. The child will not be readmitted until all nits have been removed.
Rio Rancho Public Schools
“Head lice have been co-existing with us since ancient times. Head lice are not a health hazard or a sign of poor hygiene and are not the cause of any disease. In the United States, preschool and elementary school students are the most common age groups who get head lice. Our goal is to help parents recognize head lice in their students so they can take action quickly. Your school nurse can provide information about the diagnosis and treatment options for families so children can return to school immediately.
Schools are not the most common places where lice can be spread. Because of this, school wide checks are not recommended. Excluding children who have nits is no longer done because it does not affect the spread of lice. The most effective screening is parents checking their children at home, treating the child and making an effort to remove nits. Our goal is to have students return to school ready to learn. No healthy children should miss school due to head lice.”
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