Updated on June 25, 2020
Schools in Copperas Cove and Fort Hood have abandoned “no nit” policies for outbreaks of head lice in the school. Children with lice eggs will be allowed to remain in school, but children with live bugs will be sent home.
FORT HOOD SCHOOLS
Any student with visible signs of lice will be excluded from school until he/she is free of all live lice.
An itchy scalp is often a symptom that lice are present but not always an early sign. Common sites to find lice or nits (tiny lice eggs) are behind the ears, the crown of the head, and nape of the neck. Head lice are spread most commonly by direct head-to-head contact. However, much less frequently they are spread by sharing clothing or belongings onto which lice have crawled or nits attached to shed hairs may have fallen.
Common symptoms of a student with head lice may be: frequent head/back of neck scratching, student frequently stating their head itches, and unexplained sores or scabs on the scalp or back of neck.
Parent/Guardian of student found to have live lice:
∙ Parents of students will be notified and will be instructed in treatment of head lice using the CDC recommendations for the treatment and prevention of lice.
Parents will be asked to pick up and treat their student as soon as possible.
Procedure for the Student found to have live lice:
- Disposition of the student waiting to go home will be determined by Campus Administration.
- School bus transportation will not be provided from school to home on the day the live lice were discovered.
- The student can return to school the next day after treatment and after being re-examined by the clinic staff and found to be live lice free.
COPPERAS COVE SCHOOLS
Lice Prevention, Control, and Treatment Protocol
Based on recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) 2010 and the 2013 update to the Texas Administrative Code (TAC Title 25, part 1, Chapter 97, Subchapter A, Rule 97.7), Copperas Cove ISD has written its Lice Prevention, Control, and Treatment Protocol to reflect the most current guidelines in the control of lice.
Students should not be excluded from school due to head lice.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), and the Texas Department of Health support that there is little evidence that exclusion from school reduces the transmission of head lice (Texas Department of State Health Human Services, 2007).
Head lice are common for children ages 3-12. Head lice are not a health hazard and are not responsible for the spread of any disease. They are the cause of much embarrassment, misunderstanding, and many unnecessary days lost from work and school. “No-nit” policies which keep kids with lice home as long as they have any evidence of an infestation don’t benefit these kids or their classmates and “should be abandoned” (American Academy of Pediatrics, 2010).
The goal of lice prevention, control, and treatment in schools is to prevent the spread of lice from one student to another student. Lice control takes teamwork among home, school, after-school programs, and events in private or public locations, including student visits in each other's homes.
Questions regarding Copperas Cove ISD’s Lice Prevention, Control, and
Treatment Protocol should be directed to the campus nurse or the Health
Services Coordinator 254-547-3440.
Source: Copperas Cove ISD Medical Forms
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