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Grapevine, Southlake and Keller School Lice Policies

Grapevine, Southlake and Keller School Lice Policies
Updated on 
March 16, 2019

School districts in Texas vary widely in their responses to head lice, and Grapevine, Southlake and Keller are no exception. Always check with your child‘s school health services, but here we provide you with helpful links to access your school policy pages.

Grapevine Colleyville ISD

Grapevine schools do not adhere to a strict “no nit” policy, parents are encouraged to work closely with their school’s nurse to monitor the effectiveness of their treatment plan.

“Head Lice Head lice, although not an illness or a disease, is very common among children and is spread very easily through head-to-head contact during play, sports, or nap time and when children share things like brushes, combs, hats, and headphones. If careful observation indicates that a student has head lice, the school nurse will contact the student’s parent to determine whether the child will need to be picked up from school and to discuss a plan for treatment with an FDAapproved medicated shampoo or cream rinse that may be purchased from any drug or grocery store. After the student has undergone one treatment, the parent should check in with the school nurse to discuss the treatment used. The nurse can also offer additional recommendations, including subsequent treatments and how best to get rid of lice and prevent their return. Notice will also be provided to parents of elementary school students in the affected classroom. More information on head lice can be obtained from the TDSHS website at Managing Head Lice. [See policy FFAA]”

Source: Grapevine/Colleyville Student Handbook

Southlake Carroll ISD

Schools in this district view head lice like any other childhood illness which warrants being absent from school, namely, if lice OR NITS are present the child should be kept home. This is effectively enforcing a “no nit“ policy.

Exclusions Due to Illness

“It is the goal of Carroll ISD to provide an environment that is conducive to learning for all students and staff. Some communicable diseases or conditions may warrant exclusion from school to avoid exposing other students. If your student exhibits any of the following symptoms, please keep your student home until the child is free of the symptoms and has been satisfactorily treated.

   • Presence of live lice or nits in the hair”

Source: Southlake/Carroll ISD

Keller ISD

“Head Lice (All Grade Levels) Head lice, although not an illness or a disease, is very common among children and is spread very easily through head-to-head contact during play, sports, or nap time and when children share things like brushes, combs, hats, and headphones. If careful observation indicates that a student has head lice, the school nurse will contact the student’s parent to determine whether the child will need to be picked up from school and to discuss a plan for treatment with an FDA-approved medicated shampoo or cream rinse that may be purchased from any drug or grocery store. After the student has undergone one treatment, the parent should check in with the school nurse to discuss the treatment used. The nurse can also offer additional recommendations, including subsequent treatments and how best to get rid of lice and prevent their return. More information on head lice can be obtained from the TDSHS Web site at http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/schoolhealth/lice.shtm.”

Source: Keller ISD Student Handbook

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