School Lice Policies in and around Fresno, California
Fresno Public Schools
More information: www.fresnou.org
Fresno schools have adopted a lenient lice policy in an attempt to reduce absenteeism due to lice or nits. Children with lice are permitted to stay in school until the end of the school day and may return after treatment as long as no live lice remain.
“The Governing Board recognizes that head lice infestations among students require treatment but do not pose a risk of transmitting disease. The Superintendent or designee shall encourage early detection and treatment in a manner that minimizes disruption to the educational program and reduces student absences.
The Superintendent or designee may distribute information to parents/guardians of preschool and elementary students regarding routine screening, symptoms, accurate diagnosis, and proper treatment of head lice infestations. The Superintendent or designee also may provide related information to school staff. School employees shall report all suspected cases of head lice to the school nurse or designee as soon as possible.
If a student is found with active, adult head lice, he/she shall be allowed to stay in school until the end of the school day. The parent/guardian of any such student shall be given information about the treatment of head lice and encouraged to begin treatment of the student immediately and to check all members of the family. The parent/guardian also shall be informed that the student shall be checked upon return to school the next day and allowed to remain in school if no active head lice are detected.
Upon the student’s return to school, the school nurse or designee shall check the student for active head lice. If it is determined that the student remains infected with head lice, the school nurse or designee shall contact the student’s parent/guardian to discuss treatment. As needed, he/she may provide additional resources and/or referral to the local health department, health care providers, or other agencies.
When it is determined that one or more students in a class or school are infested with head lice, the principal or designee may, at his/her discretion, notify parents/guardians of students in that class or school and provide them with information about the detection and treatment of head lice. Staff shall maintain the privacy of students identified as having head lice.”
Central Unified School District
This district has a policy which demands that students with live bugs be treated and they may return to school with nits that are no longer active.
“Central Unified School District operates a no head lice policy. A student with active head lice infection must have their hair treated with lice shampoo and the student returned to school as soon as possible within 24 hours. A student with head lice may also have nits. The nits are oval shaped eggs which are attached to individual strands of hair. Most head lice preparations will not kill all of the nits nor will they cause the nits to fall off of the hair. However, nits that are not close to the scalp and therefore removed from body heat usually do not hatch. A no head lice policy means the student can return to school if there are no live head lice present, even if there are nits in the hair greater than ¼ inch away from the scalp. It is recommended, however, that all nits be removed with a fine tooth comb to avoid re-infestation. If a returning student is found with nits he/she shall be allowed to remain in school until the end of the school day and provided instruction in an independent setting and parents will be notified. Parents that need assistance or have questions about lice and nit removal can contact the school’s health office.”
Madera Unified School District
More information: www.madera.k12.ca.us
As with the aforementioned district, Madera schools have a “no live lice” policy.
“Madera Unified School District operates a no live lice policy. Students found to have live lice will be sent home. Students are allowed to come back to school the next day, providing a head lice shampoo has been used. The lice shampoo needs to be repeated in 7-10 days. The school nurse will check the student weekly for six (6) weeks to insure that the student does not have any further live lice on their person. Lice do not carry any diseases, but it is important for the family to understand they still need to follow recommended procedures to address lice that may remain in the home. Bedding, clothing, upholstered furniture, including car seats, may harbor lice and nits. Thorough cleaning is required to prevent continued infestation with lice. If you have any questions, contact your child’s school nurse. They will be happy to assist you with resources or to answer questions regarding care.”
Visalia Unified School District
More information: boardpolicies.vusd.org
Visalia schools also maintain a “no live lice” policy.
“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.
Referral and Instructions If live lice and /or nits within ½ inch of the scalp are noted, contact parent and recommend treatment for an active infestation of lice. Refer to child’s physician if parent requests. Also check siblings of the student enrolled in the school. Parent must confirm proper treatment with Permethrin 1 percent using product instructions correctly. Alternative treatments such as RobiComb, must be cleared by the school nurse. School personnel should recommend parent remove all nits and treat with Permethrin 1 percent a second time in 10 days to insure all nits are destroyed. Credential school nurse may provide Permethrin 1 percent with instruction through VUSD Nursing Protocol. Lice care instruction sheets should be given to the parent of the infested student. Information sheets “About Lice” should be given to parents of classmates. Returning to School Students may return to school when parent has confirmed proper treatment of lice as noted above and no live lice are noted. Parent should make an effort to remove all nits, but student may return to school if nits found are more than ½ inch away from the scalp and are not alive. If school personnel have questions as to if lice infestation is active or not, they should contact their credential school nurse.”
Selma Unified School District
More information: www.selmausd.org
This district retains a “no nit” policy; students with lice will be permitted to return to school only after all nits have been taken out.
“LICE SCREENING: Children in grades K – 6 may be screened at some point during the year for evidence of infestation of head lice. If there is a case of lice, parents will be notified. A student may not return to school until he / she has been treated and his/her hair and scalp are free of lice and nits. The student is to check in with the school nurse or office before he/she returns to the classroom.”
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