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Edmond School Lice Policy

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Updated on July 17, 2020

Schools in Edmond do not hold to a strict “no nit” policy, however they are fairly strict on the requirements for students to attend school after a case of head lice is discovered.

EDMOND AREA SCHOOLS

“Head Lice (Pediculosis) The Center for Disease Control (CDC) states Pediculosis is a nuisance, not a disease. Head Lice are small human parasitic insects that live and reproduce only on humans.

The adult head louse is 2-4 mm long, has six claw-like legs and a flat, wingless body. They vary in color depending on their human host. Their average life span is approximately 30 days. A female louse can lay 3-6 eggs (nits) per 24-hour period. Eggs are usually laid on the hair shaft close to the scalp. Nits are generally silvery-white in color but may appear dark gray or tan. Head lice cannot jump or fly; they can only crawl. Parents should contact their pharmacy if head lice are found for a recommendation of a treatment product. For more information on this subject go to http://www.lice.com.

State law (§70-1210.194 (B) 2014) states that “any child prohibited from attending school due to head lice shall present to the appropriate school authorities, before the child may re-enter school, certification from a health professional as defined by Section 2601 of Title 63 of the Oklahoma Statutes or an authorized representative of the State Department of Health that the child is no longer afflicted with head lice.”

The District assures compliance with the Oklahoma Statutes and will follow the recommendations of the Oklahoma State Department of Health. Readmission to school requires: A. No live lice and minimal nits (eggs) no closer than 1 cm to the scalp. B. Certification from a health professional or an authorized representative of the State Department of Health declaring the student to be free of lice.”

Source: Edmond Public Schools’ Elementary Handbook

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