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Orem School Head Lice Policies

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Updated on June 25, 2020

Schools in the Orem area do not hold to a strict "no nit" policy for head lice.

Orem Area Schools

Head lice do not spread disease or cause disease. Therefore, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Utah Department of Health do not recognize head lice as a reportable disease condition, but rather as a nuisance and inconvenience.

Controlling the Spread of Head Lice in a School or Childcare Setting

Current research does not support the usefulness and effectiveness of classroom or school-wide screening for decreasing the occurrence of head lice among children.

While head lice may not originate in a school or a childcare, and a school or a childcare may not be able to prevent the spread of head lice, schools and childcare facilities should work to educate parents and staff about the transmission, recognition, and proper treatment of head lice, as well as how to make notifications of a head lice infestation.

The Utah Department of Health has educational materials available regarding the prevention and treatment of head lice at: www.health.utah.gov/epi/diseases/head_lice/

Parents of exposed and infested children should be notified of the head lice infestation and be provided with information on how to properly check and treat their child for head lice. A child with a head lice infestation may return to school or childcare the day after he/she has been properly treated for head lice. Follow-up treatment will likely be needed to kill any remaining lice eggs or nits.

“No-nits” policies that require a child to be free of nits before returning to school or childcare are not recommended. Check with your school district to review existing head lice prevention, treatment and control policies.

Source: Utah Dept. of Health

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