Hayward, Castro Valley and San Leandro School Lice Policies

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Schools in Hayward, Castro Valley and San Leandro do not adhere to a strict “no nit” policy, meaning that children who only have nits in their hair will not be excluded from attending regular classes. Students who have live bugs in their hair may finish out the day and their parents or guardians will be notified of the presence of lice then.

Hayward USD

Head Lice  

The Board of Education recognizes that head lice infestations among students require treatment but do not pose a risk of transmitting disease. The Superintendent or designee shall encourage early detection and treatment in a manner that minimizes disruption to the educational program and reduces student absences.

The Superintendent or designee may distribute information to parents/guardians of preschool and elementary students regarding routine screening, symptoms, accurate diagnosis, and proper treatment of head lice infestations. The Superintendent or designee also may provide related information to school staff.

School employees shall report all suspected cases of head lice to the school nurse or designee as soon as possible.

If a student is found with active, adult head lice, he/she shall be allowed to stay in school until the end of the school day. The parent/guardian of any such student shall be given information about the treatment of head lice and encouraged to begin treatment of the student immediately and to check all members of the family. The parent/guardian also shall be informed that the student shall be checked upon return to school the next day and allowed to remain in school if no active head lice are detected.

Upon the student's return to school, the school nurse or designee shall check the student for active head lice. If it is determined that the student remains infected with head lice, the school nurse or designee shall contact the student's parent/guardian to discuss treatment. As needed, he/she may provide additional resources and/or referral to the local health department, health care providers, or other agencies.

If a student is found consistently infested with head lice, he/she may be referred to a multidisciplinary team, which may consist of the school nurse, representatives from the local health department and social services, and other appropriate individuals, to determine the best approach for identifying and resolving problems contributing to the student's head lice infestations.

When it is determined that one or more students in a class or school are infested with head lice, the principal or designee may, at his/her discretion, notify parents/guardians of students in that class or school and provide them with information about the detection and treatment of head lice.

Staff shall maintain the privacy of students identified as having head lice.

Source: Hayward USD School Board

SAN LEANDRO

The San Leandro Unified School District’s Governing Board is committed to maximizing students’ academic performance and physical wellbeing in a healthy and safe environment. The Governing Board recognizes that head lice infestations among students require treatment but do not pose a health hazard, are not a sign of uncleanliness, and are not responsible for the spread of disease. As a result, school employees shall report all suspected cases of head lice to the site designee, principal or school nurse as soon as possible. When a student is found with live (active or crawling) head lice, the student shall be allowed to remain at school until the end of the day. The parent/legal guardian of any such student shall be notified that day, provided with information about treatment, and encouraged to begin treatment and to check all family members immediately. If the parent/legal guardian does not follow through with the proper treatment, the student with lice will be excluded from school until treatment has been completed.

The parent/legal guardian shall be informed that the student will be checked upon return to school the next day and allowed to remain in school if no active (crawling) head lice are detected. If active lice are detected, the student will be excluded as an excused absence until there is no remaining evidence. If nits are found, the student can remain in school but the site designee or school nurse shall re-inspect the student within 7-10 school days.

If a student is found consistently infested with head lice, he/she may be referred to the Coordination of Services Team (COST) at the school site, or the school nurse to determine the best approach for identifying and resolving problems contributing to the continued infestations.

When it is determined that one or more students in a class or school are infested with head lice, the principal or designee may, at his/her discretion, notify parents/ legal guardians of students in that class or school and provide them with information about the detection and treatment of head lice. Staff shall make every effort to maintain the privacy of students identified as having head lice and excluded for treatment. (Board Policy 5141.33)

Source: San Leandro USD Handbook

Castro Valley USD

Head Lice  

The Board of Education recognizes that head lice infestations among students require treatment but do not pose a risk of transmitting disease. The Superintendent or designee shall encourage early detection and treatment in a manner that minimizes disruption to the educational program and reduces student absences.

The Superintendent or designee may distribute information to parents/guardians of preschool and elementary students regarding routine screening, symptoms, accurate diagnosis, and proper treatment of head lice infestations. The Superintendent or designee also may provide related information to school staff.

School employees shall report all suspected cases of head lice to the school nurse or designee as soon as possible.

If a student is found with active, adult head lice, he/she shall be allowed to stay in school until the end of the school day. The parent/guardian of any such student shall be given information about the treatment of head lice and encouraged to begin treatment of the student immediately and to check all members of the family. The parent/guardian also shall be informed that the student shall be checked upon return to school the next day and allowed to remain in school if no active head lice are detected.

Upon the student's return to school, the school nurse or designee shall check the student for active head lice. If it is determined that the student remains infected with head lice, the school nurse or designee shall contact the student's parent/guardian to discuss treatment. As needed, he/she may provide additional resources and/or referral to the local health department, health care providers, or other agencies.

If a student is found consistently infested with head lice, he/she may be referred to a multidisciplinary team, which may consist of the school nurse, representatives from the local health department and social services, and other appropriate individuals, to determine the best approach for identifying and resolving problems contributing to the student's head lice infestations.

When it is determined that one or more students in a class or school are infested with head lice, the principal or designee may, at his/her discretion, notify parents/guardians of students in that class or school and provide them with information about the detection and treatment of head lice.

Source: Castro Valley USD School Board

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