Larkspur-Corte Madera Schools
More information: www.lcmschools.org
This district retains a lenient lice policy; children may return to school with nits with the expectation that they are receiving treatment at home.
“Remember that head lice is not a disease. Lice are a nuisance and require attention and diligence to rid them from the individual’s head and from your home. Anyone can get head lice.
The majority of cases of head lice are not transmitted at school. Lice are transmitted through direct contact with the hair of an infested person or through the sharing of personal items such as a hairbrush, combs, helmet, hat or pillows.
It is important to contact all individuals your child has been in close contact with, if your child becomes infested with lice. Contact the School Office, if you find head lice/nits on your child. Information will go home to inform other families that there is a case of head lice in the class. In this way other families can check their child’s head and monitor lice infestation in their family.”
San Rafael Schools Head Lice Policy
More information: www.marysilveira.org
On the San Rafael Schools web site the lice policy is spelled out as “Our school has a “nit free” policy, meaning children cannot attend school with lice or nits in their hair.
“Our school nurse is advising students to keep their hair short or if their hair is long to keep it back in a pony tail, braid, or bun. We are talking a lot about this in our aftercare program as well including how to prevent it. Our after school care program has removed all dress up clothes and continue to have our rooms cleaned nightly. We are asking children to help us by not sharing hats, sweatshirts, etc. In addition, we are also asking them not to lay on the carpet, play with each others hair or have their heads close enough to touch another child’s.
Although there is nothing “dirty” about having lice, some children and parents are embarrassed by it. As child care providers, we keep all cases of lice confidential and are encouraging children and parents to do the same. It is very important that our school and child care personnel are informed if lice is detected in your child’s hair. We appreciate your corporation around this and how much of a distraction this has been for some of our families.”
Mill Valley Schools
More information: www.mvschools.org
This district essentially has a “no nit” policy. Students may not return to school until all lice and viable (unhatched) have been removed.
“To prevent the spread of head lice infestations, 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 any siblings of affected students or members of the same household. If live lice are found, the student will be excluded from attendance and parents/guardians shall be informed about recommended treatment procedures and sources of further information. If nits are found within one centimeter of the student’s scalp, the student may be excluded from attendance and parents/guardians will likewise be informed as above.
The Superintendent or designee shall send home the notification required by law for excluded students.
The principal and/or district nurse shall work with the parents/guardians of any student who has been deemed to have a chronic case of head lice in order to help minimize the student’s absences from school.
If there are two or more students affected in any class, information about head lice shall be sent home to all parents/guardians of the students in that class.
Staff shall maintain the privacy of students identified as having head lice and excluded from attendance.
Excluded students may return to school when (1) they bring a note from the parent/guardian verifying treatment, and (2) reexamination by the nurse or designee shows no live lice, or nits within 1 centimeter of the scalp.”
Novato Public Schools
More information: www.nusd.org
Novato schools require children to be free of active lice in order to return to school but they may stay in school until the end of the day on the day of detection. Children with nits may return to school after treatment even if some nits remain.
“Head lice 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, the parent/guardian of the student shall be notified. The student shall be allowed to stay in school until the end of the school day, unless the parent chooses to pick the student up immediately. 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.
If a student is found consistently infested with head lice, he/she may be referred to a multidisciplinary team, which may consist of the school nurse, representatives from the local health department and social services, and other appropriate individuals, to determine the best approach for identifying and resolving problems contributing to the student’s head lice infestations.
When it is determined that one or more students in a class or school are infested with head lice, the principal or designee shall 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.”
To conclude, the head lice policies in California do vary from school to school. We have included some in this blog. You can check out your school policy on line. In general, however, California school district policies tend to be more forgiving of head lice and nits, than is the norm in other states. If you discover lice in your child’s hair, call LiceDoctors for guaranteed effective service, in the privacy and comfort of your home, whenever you need us. Call today at (415) 578-1245.Learn About Our Lice Treatment Service in Marin County