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Pleasanton, Livermore, and San Ramon School Head Lice Policies

Updated on July 9, 2019

Some schools in the Pleasanton and San Ramone follow current recommendations by the CDC and National Association of School Nurses, while Liverpool still holds to a "no nit" policy.

Pleasanton

Schools in the Pleasanton area have changed their policies for how to handle head lice to align with the American Academy of Pediatrics, National Association of School Nurses, and the American School Health Association.

New Lice Procedures

  • Students may remain in class.
  • Parents notified to begin treatment at the conclusion of the school day.
  • Nit removal is not necessary with use of pediculicide.
  • No whole class screenings.
  • No lice letters sent to classroom parents.
  • The district nurse will assist parents who struggle with proper treatment.

Final Quote

  •  From the American Academy of Pediatrics:
    “No healthy child should be excluded from or allowed to miss school time because of head lice. No-nit policies for return to school should

be abandoned.”

Source: Pleasanton USD PPT

Livermore

Livermore Schools still enforce a strict “no nit” policy, meaning children will not be allowed to attend classes if they have bugs or eggs/nits in their hair.

• Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District has a no nit/no lice policy. Please keep your child home until nit and lice free. Students must be cleared through the office prior to returning to class after being treated for lice.

Source: Livermore Valley Joint USD

San Ramon

San Ramon schools do not hold to a strict “no nits” policy, instead they follow current recommendations by the California Public Health Department (CDPH), the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the National Association of School Nurses (NASN).

Procedures:

A. When a student is found to have LIVE lice:

  1. The parent is notified by phone and written information is provided – A Parent’s Guide to Head Lice.
  2. The student is not immediately sent home from school. However, the parent may pick up the student at his/her discretion.
  3. In the case that a student has either 1) chronic head lice infestation or 2) severe head lice infestation that is disruptive to the learning environment, the school site nurse will be consulted. Student may be sent home before the end of the school day is deemed appropriate.
  4. The parent is instructed that the student may return to school as soon as appropriate lice treated has started.
  5. Parents are encouraged to inform close playmates of the infestation and to check family members for the presence of lice.
  6. Students will be rechecked on the day they return to school.
  7. Parent is instructed to check and comb daily for two weeks.
  8. If continued presence of live lice or an increased number of nits is observed, the school nurse will contact the parent to provide additional education.

B. When a student is found to have NITS only (no live lice detected):

  1. The parent is notified by phone and written information is provided - A Parent’s Guide to Head Lice.
  2. The student is not sent home from school. However, the parent may pick up the student at his/her discretion.
  3. The parent is instructed that the student should be treated when and if the infestation appears to be current (live lice) before returning to school. Parents are encouraged to inform close playmates of the infestation and to check family members for the presence of lice.
  4. Students will be rechecked on the day they return to school.
  5. Parent is instructed to check and comb daily for two weeks.
  6. If continued presence of live lice or an increased number of nits is observed, the school nurse will contact the parent to provide additional education.

Source: San Ramon Valley USD

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