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Dale City and Woodbridge School Lice Policies

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Updated on July 19, 2020

Dale City and Woodbridge are in Prince William County and adhere to the district lice policy which is no longer a “no nit” policy. Children with live lice may remain in school and go home at the end of the day to be treated. Children with nits may return to school.


Requirements and Procedures for the Control of Head Lice

“Prince William County Public Schools (PWCS)/School Age Child Care (SACC) Guidelines for Handling Head Lice in Classrooms

PWCS/SACC follows the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Virginia Department of Health (VDH), the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the National Association of School Nurses (NASN), and Harvard School of Public Health.

Students found with live head lice do not need to be sent home early from school; they can go home at the end of the day, be treated, and return to class after appropriate treatment has begun. Nits may persist after treatment, but successful treatment should kill crawling lice. Nits are the eggs of head lice and may be found on the hair, scalp, or fibers of clothing.

Current evidence does not support the efficacy and cost effectiveness of classroom or school- wide screening for decreasing the incidence of head lice among school children.

Children are not required to be free of nits before they return to school.

Parents/guardians are encouraged to comb out as many nits as possible in order to avoid confusion as to whether or not the child has an active case of head lice. Removal of nits requires daily combing of the hair for 7-10 days with a fine tooth nit comb.

A child who returns to school after treatment will be checked privately in the health office.

After consultation with Student Health Services, letters may be sent home to the parents of classmates when there are more than 10 percent of the students in the same classroom identified with head lice.

Source: Prince William County Schools Guidelines for Head Lice

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