Updated on April 14, 2017
Some CT Schools Loosening Criteria
Several CT schools have loosened their criteria regarding admission to school but have not gone as far as to adopt a "no-nit policy". Some schools have a somewhat ambiguous policy, relying heavily on the nurse's discretion. For example Greenwich, Connecticut has the following policy: "Greenwich Public Schools, in agreement with the Harvard School of Public Health, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the National Association of School Nurses, recognizes that the management of head lice should not disrupt the educational process, especially since no disease process is associated with head lice.
Further best practice suggests that regular head lice screening in schools does little to reduce the incidence of head lice. Rather it is more important that parents regularly inspect their child for head lice, perhaps at the same time they inspect their child for the presence of deer ticks, a far more serious threat to their child's health.
Further, as we all know, all health information regarding students is absolutely confidential, and the student's privacy must be respected. Therefore, any child who exhibits any symptoms of head lice should be referred to the school nurse who will work with the student's parents to care for the child and avoid further cases."
Some Schools Maintain Strict No Nit PoliciesDespite the recommendation by the AAP, many schools in Connecticut retain their no-nit policies. Norwalk, Ridgefield,Stamford and Westport Connecticut, among others, list the following policy on their web site: "Children with head lice will be excluded from school until the hair has been treated and ALL of the eggs (nits) have been removed." Each school district has its own head lice policy. Your school district may have to completely different policy from the district next door. To understand your district head lice policy you should call your school nurse or check out the district website. Are you feeling stressed out about the situation? Why not give give our in home lice removal service a shot. Call 203.302.9002 to make an appointment now!
Branford Public SchoolsBranford Public Schools do not have a "no nit" policy and follow the guidelines of the American Academy of Pediatrics. "Lice are a common infestation of the head in young children. Most commonly, the lice cause itching. The policy of the Branford Pubilc Schools is to minimize school absence due to head lice infestation. An excellent source of information the diagnosis, and treatment of head lice can found at the American Academy of Pediatrics. Read more: www.branford.k12.ct.us
Bristol-Burlington SchoolsThis district retains it "no nit" policy and children will nor be allowed back into schools until " lice and nits (eggs) have been removed from their head.Rechecks will be done by Health Room staff before child allowed to return to school.For more information about elimination of head lice, contact Health Room staff." Read more: www.bbhd.org
New Haven Unified School DistrictNew Haven Schools retain a "no nit" policy. "School employees shall report all suspected cases of head lice to the principal or designee as soon as possible. The principal or designee shall examine the student and any siblings of affected students or members of the same household. If nits or lice are found, the student shall be excluded and parents/guardians informed about recommended treatment procedures, ways to check the hair, and sources of further information. The principal shall send home the notification required by law for excluded students. (Education Code 48213) If there are more than two students affected in any one classroom, all students in the class shall be examined and information about head lice shall be sent home to all parents/guardians in the class." Excluded students may return to school when they bring a note from the parent/guardian indicating the treatment used and when reexamination by the principal or designee shows that all pests and nits have been removed. Read more: www.nhusd.k12.ca.us
Hartford Public SchoolsHartford schools no longer have a "no nit" policy as long as students have been treated for lice.
- "If live lice or nits appearing in close proximity to scalp or on clothing are observed the student is to be considered to have pediculosis. In this situation the Principal will exclude the student, and the nurse will instruct the parent or guardian on treatment procedures and precautions against spreading. The school nurse aide or Principal will notify parents immediately.
- The nurse will do head checks on all students in the classroom and on any students who are siblings of infected student. Examination consists of sectioning and parting of hair using wooden applicator sticks. If students have siblings in other schools, the nurse will notify the school nurse of that school. The siblings will be screened immediately.
- Identified students may return to school immediately following treatment which includes the application of head louse shampoo. The parent will be required to sign a statement attesting to the administration of an appropriate treatment, and the student will be rescreened by the nurse. (Editorial nite from LiceDoctors that our treatment has Ben used and accepted by this district".
- Identified students are to be rescreened seven to ten days after readmittance to school.
- To ensure confidentiality, the names of the students who have pediculosis will be shared with no other parents and with only those staff members which the Principal deems to have a reason to know. No parents other than the parent of a student in question will be present when a student is being individually rechecked by the nurse or health aide.
- If a student’s pediculosis problem does not appear to be eliminated by the standard medical treatment, the school medical advisor may intervene and request the school Principal to exclude the student from school until all lice or nits have been removed from the student's head."