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Norwalk, Downey and Whittier School Head Lice Policies

Norwalk, Downey and Whittier School Head Lice Policies
Updated on 
June 4, 2019

School districts can vary in their response to head lice from city to city and from school to school. Typically an entire school district will adopt a single unified policies for all schools, but it is important to check with your child’s school to be sure of their policy. The following policies have been located for your convenience:

NORWALK - LA MIRADA UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT

PERSONAL TREATMENT: Children found to be infested with head lice must be excluded from school until they have been properly treated with a recommended medicated shampoo and nits have been removed. Because it is possible for one or more eggs to survive the shampooing, it is necessary to remove all eggs. Repeat the shampooing and again remove nits in 10 days to ensure that any newly hatched lice are destroyed.

Source: Norwalk-La Mirada USD Parent Resources

DOWNEY UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT

When a student is found with live head lice, the parent/guardian will be contacted and the student will be sent home from school. 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 shall also 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 live head lice. If live lice are found, the student will be sent home. As needed, he/she may be provided additional resources and/or referral to the local health department, health care providers, or other agencies.

If a student is found with a recurrent infestation, 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. Information about the detection and treatment of head lice will also be available upon request.

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

Source: Downey USD

WHITTIER UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT

HEAD LICE

The Governing Board recognizes that head lice infestations among students require treatment but do not pose a risk of transmitting disease. TheSuperintendent 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 toparents/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 evidence of 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 evidence of 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 evidence of 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 service,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 evidence of active head lice, the principal or designee may, this/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: East Whittier City School District

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