Concord School District
More information: www.sau8.org
Concord schools generally allow children with nits to return to school after treatment. If a child is found to have live bugs or nits prior to treatment he or she will be sent home to receive treatment.
“Keep children home from school when suspected or known head lice. Please notify the health office if you suspect your child has head lice.
Children must remain out of school with:
Head lice: Until adequate treatment is completed and follow-up with school nurse.
Head Lice: Students with concern for head lice should be evaluated by the school nurse. If the student is identified by the nurse as having live lice or nits in a student previously untreated, a parent/guardian will be called, the student will be dismissed and treatment options will be discussed. Following appropriate treatment, the student may return to school after being reevaluated by the school nurse. Students with nits remaining after appropriate treatment but with no evidence of live lice may be permitted to remain in school dependent upon school medical staff clinical judgment.”
More information: www.dhhs.nh.gov
This district in keeping with many districts has revised its lice policy to prevent children with nits from being sent home from school.
“Routine exclusion of school-aged children with head lice is not recommended. The child’s parents or guardian should be notified when head lice is identified by a care provider or teacher. The child’s parent or guardian should be telephoned/emailed or a note sent home with the child at the end of the school day stating that prompt, proper treatment of this condition is in the best interest of the child and his/her classmates. A child should be allowed to return to school after proper treatment even if nits are still present. “No Nits Policies” are not effective and should be discouraged.”
Hopkinton School District
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This district maintains a live lice policy meaning that children with live bugs will be sent home from school for treatment.
“A staff member who suspects a student has head lice will file a report with the school nurse. The school nurse will notify the parent/guardian by telephone or other available means if their child is found to have live head lice and will be sent home to begin treatment. Verbal and written instructions for treatment will be given to the family of each identified student. Instructions will include recommendations for treatment that are consistent with New Hampshire Department of Health and HumanServices. District employees will act to ensure that student confidentiality is maintained. Based upon the school nurse’s recommendation, other children who are most likely to have had direct head-to-head contact with the assessed child may be checked or screened for head lice. At the elementary level, a letter will be sent home from the school nurse to inform parents of a case of lice in their child’s classroom with information for checking and the treatment of lice. At the middle/high school level, parents/guardians of close contacts will be notified by the school nurse and be given information for checking and the treatment of lice. Students will be allowed to return to school after proper treatment as recommended by the school nurse. The student may be readmitted by the school nurse after a head check examination is done and no live lice are found.”
Manchester School District
More information: www.manchesternh.gov
Manchester schools sends children home with live bugs but allows students to return after treatment even if a few nits remain.
“For children and their parents, having head lice is a nuisance! Head lice can live in the heads of children and adults in all climates, cultures and living conditions. They are not a sign of poor hygiene or dirty living conditions. They are not a serious illness or the cause of serious illness. They are an itchy nuisance infestation of bugs and their eggs (nits). Treatment requires a diligent program that can be tedious, time consuming and annoying.
The Lice (live bugs) live in a human hair (only humans – not pets) and feed on the blood from the scalp. The bugs appear grayish or brown or black and the size of a very small ant. they do not fly or jump, only crawl. They spread from head to head primarily by direct contact. Rarely do they spread in any other way, since bugs that leave the head or fall off are sick and/or injured and will not breed.
Lice lay their eggs at the base of the hair in sacs called NITS that are glued to the hair. As the hair grows away from the scalp (about one-half inch per month) the nit grows along with it. The nits are pearly gray and tear-drop shaped. Since they hatch in 7 to 10 days, nits that are further away from the scalp are likely to have already hatched.”
Londonderry School District
More information: www.londonderry.org
Consistent with most of the above districts, students in Londonderry who are discovered to have lice or nits, and have not yet been treated, will be sent home. After treatment, at the discretion of the school nurse, students will be readmitted even if some nits remain.
“The school nurse shall conduct periodic examinations of students’ heads at appropriate times. Such examinations may be an entire class or of individual students at the nurse’s discretion. Students found to have pediculosis (head lice and/or nits) by the school nurse shall be immediately excluded from attendance in order to be treated. The student may be readmitted at the discretion of the school nurse, after an examination by the school nurse has determined that the student is nit/louse free. Any staff member who suspects that a student has head lice will report this to the school nurse so that the student may be examined. The parent/guardian will be notified of the presence of head lice by the school nurse. The school nurse will provide appropriate education to the child and family on management of head lice. District employees will act to ensure that student confidentiality is maintained so the child is not embarrassed.”
LiceDoctors recommends that you keep apprised of your school lice policy by checking in with the school nurse from time to time. School lice policies are changing across the country and becoming more lenient as key medical organizations state that nits do not spread and that too many children who have only nits are missing too many days of school. If you find that your child has head lice, call LiceDoctors at 800-224-2537 and a lice professional will treat you when it is convenient for you so that your child can return to school the next day regardless of the district policy!Learn About Our Lice Treatment Service in Concord