Bakersfield City School District
bcsd.com (pg 65)
Students with head lice are sent home from school to be treated. The district maintains a “no nit” policy and children are only permitted to return to school when all the nits are removed from the hair.
“As required, communicable disease inspections are conducted periodically in which students and school staff members are examined by trained staff. A student suspected of having a communicable disease will be excluded from school until requirements for school readmission are met. Guidelines for exclusion from school and readmission have been determined by the California Department of Health, the Kern County Public Health Services Department, the California Department of Education, and the District. School officials may also exclude a student from attendance at school if the student: …(4) suffers from contagious or infectious diseases. A contagious or infectious disease includes, but is not limited to: conjunctivitis (also called pink eye); skin infections (impetigo), strep throat, chickenpox, scabies, head lice, and pertussis (also called whooping cough). Prior to excluding a student from attendance, the Superintendent or designee shall send a notice to the student’s parent/ guardian stating the facts leading to the exclusion. The principal/designee may exclude a student without prior notice to the parent/guardian if the student is excluded because: (1) the student resides in an area subject to quarantine; (2) the student is exempt from a medical examination but suffers from a contagious or infectious disease; or (3) the principal/ designee determines that the presence of the student would constitute a clear and present danger to the safety or health of other students or school personnel. In cases where there is no prior written notice, the principal designee shall send a notice as soon as reasonably possible after the exclusion. A student’s readmission to school will be based on the health officer or health care provider’s diagnosis of the condition and appropriate treatment.”
Delano Union School District
www.duesd.org (pg 11)
As with Bakersfield, children with an active case of head lice will be sent home for treatment.
“We are unable to accept children with communicable diseases or other serious health problems. Please allow a few minutes every morning for this short examination and be prepared for other child care if we are unable to accept your child due to health concerns. It will be helpful if you check your child every morning before coming to school, since the following things may temporarily exclude him/her from participation:…head lice.”
Standard School District
Children are checked in school when head lice at suspected. Upon returning to school, the school nurse will check the child and admit him or her if the child is no longer contagious.
“Head lice continue to be a nuisance and most likely will never be
eradicated. There are measures that can be taken to keep head lice infestation to a minimum. Standard School District recognizes that parents are responsible for their children and treating their children for conditions such as head lice. Students may be checked at school for head lice. This will be done as discreetly as possible. If lice are found, the parent/guardian will be notified by school personnel. The student, family and home should be treated thoroughly as outlined on the reverse side of this information sheet.
After treatment, the child is to return to school to be checked by school personnel to determine the presence of head lice. A parent or guardian must accompany the child to the school office for this check each day until the problem is resolved.
A student should not miss more than one day for head lice. A continued absence due to head lice is unacceptable and will be reported. Our district reports unsatisfactory attendance to the appropriate agencies including the Kern County Department of Human Services and the district’s truancy reduction board (SARB).
Parents/guardians are encouraged to check their children for head lice on a regular basis. Home treatment should begin immediately if head lice or nits are found. See guidelines on back. Head lice or bug sprays for furniture, carpets, etc. are not recommended as vacuuming is more effective. Please notify your child’s school office any time your child has head lice so we are aware of the problem.”
Lamont School District
This district maintains a stringent “no nit” policy meaning any child with nits will be sent home from school and will not be readmitted until all nits are gone from the hair.
“Head lice have become a permanent problem in society. Efforts to control the spread require strict regulations and complete parental cooperation. Any student who is found to have lice or their nits will be excluded from school until the child’s hair is free from lice and nits. Any student excluded with head lice must be examined again to be sure the hair is free of nits before being allowed back in class.”
McFarland Unified School District
As with above schools, children with head lice will be barred from attending school until there are no further signs of lice in the hair.
“When a child has been diagnosed with a communicable disease or other serious medical problem, he or she must not attend school. Because illness can occur, parents are advised to have a plan for childcare on days when the child cannot attend school. The following things may temporarily exclude a child from school: • Fever • Head Lice…”
Fruitvale School District
Fruitvale schools’ lice policy is more lenient than those of the above school districts. Children with live bumps will be denied admission to school, however children who have nits remaining post-treatment will be allowed to return to school.
“The Governing Board 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. 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 or untreated nits, 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.”
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