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Encino and Sherman Oaks head lice policy

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Updated on July 17, 2020

Sherman Oaks Schools

This district has dropped its “no nit” lice policy but students are expected to be treated.

School Exclusion and Readmission:

  • Children with identified live head lice are referred for treatment at the end of the school day. Until the end of the school day, avoid activity that includes head-to-head contact with other children or sharing of any headgear.
  • At the discretion of the Principal, a child may be sent home immediately to receive treatment based on the severity of the condition.
  • There is no need for students to be absent from school due to head lice. Students are required to return to school the next day after treatment has been received. A trained staff member rechecks the student before returning to class. Let your principal know if you would like to speak with the school nurse.

Source: LA USD Nursing Services

Riverside Drive Charter School

“Head lice are a common occurrence in the school and community. Head lice can be transmitted through head-to-head contact and sometimes by sharing combs, hats, clothing, barrettes, helmets, scarves, headphones, or other personal items.

School nurses/trained personnel check children for lice and exclude those who have lice. Your support is very important and highly appreciated in helping to control this problem. We highly recommend that you check your child's hair, clothes, and bedding every day for any signs of lice or nits. Adult lice are tan or grayish-white and the size of a sesame seed. The nits (eggs) are silver-gray in color and are attached to the hair. They cluster around the hairline at the back of the neck, around the ears, and across the front and top area of the head.

Lice cause frequent itching of the scalp. If you suspect that your child or any family member has head lice, you may contact your physician. There are several over-the-counter treatments for head lice available from your pharmacist. It has been found that it may take more than one treatment to destroy the lice. Please follow the directions given on the package carefully to ensure proper treatment and consult the health provider or school nurse if you have questions. Do not use insecticides, gasoline, or other home preparations on your child's hair. Shaving the hair is not necessary. After treatment, a special nit removal comb should be used to remove all nits (eggs) from the hair. One inch of hair should be combed at a time for successful removal of the nits. Please continue removal of the nits; it is essential and can take several days.

Children with lice may return to school the next day after appropriate treatment. A long absence from school is not necessary. The student will be rechecked by school nurse or trained personnel before allowed to return to class.”

Source: Riverside Drive Charter


Encino Public Schools

Schools in Encino adhere to recommendations from Los Angeles County.

Los Angeles public schools have a “no live head lice” policy; they send children home with live bugs but children with nits may be readmitted after treatment at home. The web site states, “Communicable disease inspections may be conducted periodically. A student suspected of having a communicable disease will be excluded from school until guidelines for readmission are met. Guidelines for exclusion and readmission follow policies set forth by the school district, the state Department of Health and Department of Education. Guidance in addressing communicable diseases also comes from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention and national organizations. Temporary exclusion of a student from school generally occurs for comm unicable diseases, including, but not limited to...head lice... Exclusion may occur immediately or at the end of the school day, depending on the disease, its communicability and district, county and state policy. Readmission to school is based on condition and appropriate treatment. An effort will be made to notify parents/guardians about school exposure to chickenpox, head lice, or other communicable disease that pose a risk to students.”

Related information:

You can be sure that your child will be admitted to school the next day if you call LiceDoctors in Sherman Oaks and Encino at 310-923-9787 . An experienced professional lice technician will make a house call, and make sure that your lice infestation is eradicated.