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Orland Park and Tinley Park School Head Lice Policies

Orland Park and Tinley Park School Head Lice Policies
Updated on 
April 25, 2019

Orland Park Schools

This district has a lenient lice policy. Children with head lice may remain in school and then go home to be treated.

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) released a clinical report regarding the subject of head lice in May 2015. Head lice (pediculosis) are a common and recurring nuisance among school age children and have been around since antiquity. Head lice infestation causes a high

level of anxiety. The recent position statement released by the AAP serves to update schools, parents, and clinicians on the identification and treatment of head lice. The AAP state that head lice are not a health hazard or a sign of poor hygiene and are not responsible for the spread of any disease. As we summarize the recent position statement from the American Academy of Pediatrics, Kirby School District 140 strives to be most helpful to parents by making available accurate information about the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of head lice in an understandable format for the entire school community.

• Nits found on the hair shaft: Nits, which are lice eggs or empty egg casings, should not be confused with live lice. Nits aren't necessarily a sign of live lice infestation, and can sometimes be confused with dandruff or other hair debris. The adult head louse is about the size of a sesame seed and is usually tan to grayish-white. Nits are firmly attached to the hair shaft and can’t be blown off; rather, they must be picked off with a fine toothed comb. In general, eggs or nits

found more than 1 cm from the scalp are unlikely to be viable. If nits are discovered on the hair of your student, the parent / guardian will be called. Our expert resources; the AAP, the CDC,and NASN state that the child may remain in class as no disease is associated with this nuisance.

Your child will bring home a Head Lice fact sheet informing the parent on treatment measures.

You are advised to consult with your health care provider.”

Source: Kirby School District Protocol for Head Lice

Some schools in the Orland Park area, like Prairie School District consider head lice to be similar to other childhood illnesses and base their assessment of a child‘s ability to attend class on the presence of lice OR nits, effectively enforcing a “no nit“ policy.

Prairie School District

“If there are found to be live lice or lice eggs (nits) on your child’s head. The child should be evaluated and treated with lice killing shampoo.“ Source: Prairie School Health Services

Tinley Park Schools

 This district does not have a “no nit” policy. Meaning children are not excluded from the classroom if lice eggs or nits are present. 

Head lice (pediculosis) are a common and recurring nuisance among school age children and have been around since antiquity. The infestation of head lice causes much anxiety as parents become aware of the nits or live lice.

Kirby School District 140 follows the guidelines of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). The recent position statement released by the AAP serves to update schools, parents, and clinicians on the identification and treatment of head lice. The AAP state that head lice are not a health hazard or a sign of poor hygiene and are not responsible for the spread of any disease.

Parents are encouraged to check their child’s head for lice regularly and whenever the child is symptomatic; has an itchy scalp. Kirby School District 140 staff will maintain confidentiality as we partner up with our parents to eliminate this nuisance. The school nurse will guide the parent in the correct identification of nits or live lice and instruct the parent that transmission in most cases occurs by direct contact with the head of person who is infested. Indirect

spread can occur through contact with personal belongings of an infested person such their combs, brushes, pillows, or hats. If live lice are seen on a child’s head, the nurse will contact the parent, ask that the child be picked up, and treated with an approved shampoo according to the directions. Nits, which are lice eggs or empty egg casings, should not be confused with live lice. Nits are firmly attached to the hair shaft and can’t be blown off; rather they must be picked off with a fine-toothed comb. If nits are seen on a child, the school nurse will contact the parent and will give guidelines for treatment including tips for household clean up. Students are allowed to return to school after they are treated with the approved shampoo and after the school nurse has checked the scalp. Parents should tell the school nurse which shampoo was used and what the treatment plan is that will be followed.”

Source: Hellen Keller Parent/Student Information

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