Updated on July 17, 2020
Schools in Des Plaines and Glenview no longer hold to “no nit” policies, but follow the recommendations of the CDC and National Association of School Nurses. Only students who continue to have live lice or do not show evidence of treatment will be excluded from school.
DES PLAINES SCHOOLS
“Head Lice - Head lice are a nuisance best avoided by common sense prevention measures, frequent inspection, and effective treatment when necessary. Head lice are often found in the hair around the ears and base of the neck but may be present on other areas of the scalp. Head lice do not carry any diseases. Children are often without symptoms but may have an itchy scalp. If close contact results in the transferring of lice, eggs that are laid may hatch in 7‐10 days. Transmission occurs by direct contact with an infested person, usually head‐to‐head contact. Although we cannot prevent the incidence of students who bring head lice to school, we can assist in the control of its spread. All household members should be checked for the presence of lice. Reminding students not to share hats, combs, and clothing or hair accessories are all preventative measures that can be implemented.
Please, do the following if your child is identified:
- With live head lice ‐ you will be called to take him or her home for treatment.
- With nits (eggs) only ‐ take home at the end of the school day and treat.
In either case, instructions and guidance will be provided to assist you in lice/nit removal and home maintenance. A student excluded because of head lice will be permitted to return to school only when the parent or guardian brings the student to school to be checked by the school nurse or building principal and the child is determined to be free of the live lice. Infested children are prohibited from riding the bus to school to be checked for head lice. District 63 does not recommend specific products to treat head lice and urges parents to contact their own health care professionals for advice. Your child will be rechecked by health staff upon returning to school. Your child will be permitted to return to the classroom if no live lice are found.”
“Head Lice Overview
In an effort to control the spread of head lice, we ask that you carefully inspect your child’s scalp at least once a week. The best way to find head lice is to take your child to a well lit area, use a magnifying glass and a fine-tooth comb and inspect the base of the hair shafts within a quarter inch of the scalp. You may see crawling lice, it is more probable that you will see nits (lice eggs) firmly attached to the hair shaft. Although many children have no symptoms, some children experience an itchy scalp, a feeling of tingling or movement in the hair or scratch marks on the scalp.
If you suspect or confirm that your child has head lice, contact your pediatrician and the school nurse regarding treatment. Your child may return to school as soon as the school nurse has verified that the child has been appropriately treated.
Source: Glenview SD Head Lice Overview”
As a district, we are moving towards alignment of best practices for lice identification and management as recommended by the State of Illinois guidelines, the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the American Academy of Pediatrics, the National Association of School Nurses, the American School Health Association, and the Harvard School of Public Health.
Only students who continue to have live lice or do not show evidence of treatment will be excluded from school.
If your child contracts a case of head lice, LiceDoctors is available 365 days (and nights!) a year to help clear the lice and nits so your child can return to school with confidence. Call us at 312-765-7266 today.