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Southampton and East Hampton School Head Lice Policies

Southampton and East Hampton School Head Lice Policies
Updated on 
October 1, 2019

Schools in Southampton and East Hampton do not adhere to strict “no nit” policies.


“Here are some suggestions to help prevent the spread of lice in school.  Please discuss these with your child frequently.

  • teach them to avoid sharing things that have been on or near another child's head, including hairbrushes, combs, hats, scarves, towels, helmets, etc.
  • make sure your child hangs up his/her coat and hat on an individual hook, or some other separate area when he gets to school, instead of just throwing them in a pile with other classmates' clothing
  • regularly clean things that your child's head has direct contact with, such as car seats, pillows, etc., if you are sharing these items with other children
  • wearing long hair up decrease the chance of hair to hair contact

However, since young children come into close head-to-head contact with each other frequently, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics, it is probably impossible to totally prevent head lice infestations.' That makes it important to check your children regularly for nits and live head lice so that you can discover a head lice infestation as early as possible and begin treatment before it spreads to the rest of your family and your child's friends and classmates.

We here at the elementary school will continue to check heads until this pest leaves our school. Working together we can get these pests out of our school community.  Any questions I can be reached at 631-591-4810.”

Source: Southampton Elementary School Health Services


The occurrence of head lice is common in school populations. They do not pose any health hazard and do not reflect on one’s cleanliness.

  • You child will be checked at school but we do request your cooperation in checking your own child frequently, and notify the health office if lice/eggs (nits) are found.
  • All children who have contracted lice will be asked to report directly to the Health Office upon their return to school to be checked before entering back into the classroom.
  • Please refer to the information below regarding Head Lice and treatment options. With everyone’s cooperation we will be able to eliminate or minimize the control of this pest.

Source: East Hampton Elementary



While a nuisance, head lice do not pose a public health risk. Consistent with accepted medical knowledge, no healthy child will be excluded from school due to an active case of head lice or the presence of nits (louse eggs). Children identified by the school nurse as having an active infestation of head lice will be sent home at the end of the day and their parents will be informed by the school nurse of their condition and advised to begin treatment.

In the event regulations or procedures are developed implementing this policy, the Superintendent will work with the District's medical director or one or more school nurses to ensure those regulations or procedures are consistent with accepted medical knowledge and best nursing practice.

Source Montauk Public School Nurses Links

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