Schools in the Chula Vista area have head lice policies that are in alignment with current recommendations from the CDC and National Association of School Nurses. They only exclude children from school when an active case is present, meaning live adult lice are found.
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The Governing Board recognizes that head lice infestations among students require treatment but do not pose a risk of transmitting disease. The Superintendent/designee shall encourage early detection and treatment in a manner that minimizes disruption to the educational program and reduces student absences.
The Superintendent/designee may distribute information to the parents/guardians of preschool and elementary students regarding routine screening, symptoms, accurate diagnosis, and proper treatment of head lice infestations. The Superintendent/designee also may provide related information to school staff.
School employees shall report all suspected cases of head lice to the school
nurse/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. Student will be granted no more than one day of excused absence. The parent/guardian shall also be informed that the student will be checked upon return to school and allowed to remain in school if no active head lice are detected.
Upon the student’s return to school, the school nurse/designee shall check the student for active head lice. If it is determined that the student remains infected with head lice, the school nurse/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 consistently found to be infested with head lice, he/she may be referred to a multidisciplinary team, which may consist of the school nurse/designee, 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/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
Source: Chula Vista Board of Education Policy
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