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Pearland School District Head Lice Policy

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Updated on July 19, 2020

This district allows students with nits to remain in school, but sends children home if they have live bugs.

“Children are sent home if live lice are found and may return after one treatment. Students are rechecked when returning to school, and again in one week. Children are not sent home if only nits are found. For a copy of the TDH recommended”

“Pearland ISD staff does not routinely screen for head lice. If there is a suspected case, the nurse or healthcare assistant will perform a head check on the student and follow up with a phone call to the parent if live lice are found. Texas Education Code, Section 38.031 requires all parents of children in an elementary classroom where head lice are discovered to be notified. No personal information will be released. … Prevention is focused on avoiding head-to-head contact (common during play at home, child care, school, sports activities, playgrounds, slumber parties and camps) and by prompt treatment of infested persons. … Pearland ISD follows Texas Department of State Health Services guidelines when managing head lice. Mass screenings including individual classroom checks are not conducted.

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…. 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.” Source Pearland Student Handbook  (Page 55)

If you find that your child has head lice, give us a call in the Pearland area at 713-976-6116 . We will have a lice technician at your home at your convenience. Treatments are covered under most FSA and HSA plans and under some insurance plans. LiceDoctors provides safe, chemical free, effective treatment in the privacy of your own home.