Some schools in Riverside County have a “no nit” policy, which prevents children from entering school until there is no sign of lice or eggs. Other school districts, such as Temecula and Murrieta, leave it to the discretion of the nurse and allow children into the classroom as long as they are free of bugs. Below is are the schools’ policies:
“Lice is a very common problem. It happens much more frequently than you might imagine. If you suspect your child has lice, have him or her examined and notify the Health Office. Lice will not go away on its own, it needs to be treated. If your child has lice, he or she needs to be cleared by the Health Office before returning to school.”
Source: Paloma Elementary Health Office
Like Temecula schools, the Murrieta School District requires that children with lice be treated. Whether a child can remain in school is considered on a case by case basis.
“The Governing Board recognizes that head lice infestations among students require treatment but do not pose a risk of transmitting disease. The Superintendent or designee shall encourage early detection and treatment in a manner that minimizes disruption to the educational program and reduces student absences.
The Superintendent or designee may distribute information to parents/guardians of preschool and elementary students regarding routine screening, symptoms, accurate diagnosis, and proper treatment of head lice infestations. The Superintendent or designee also may provide related information to school staff.
School employees shall report all suspected cases of head lice to the school nurse or designee as soon as possible.
If a student is found with active head lice, he/she shall be referred to the health office and it will be determined if the student is allowed to stay in school until the end of the school day, based on age and risk of behaviors that could increase risk of possible transmission to other students. The parent/guardian of any such student shall be given information about the treatment of head lice and encouraged to begin treatment of the student immediately and to check all members of the family.
If a student is found consistently infested with head lice, he/she may be referred to a multidisciplinary team, which may consist of the school nurse, representatives from the local health department and social services, and other appropriate individuals, to determine the best approach for identifying and resolving problems contributing to the student's head lice infestations.
When it is determined that several students in a class or school are infested with head lice, the principal or designee may, at his/her discretion, notify parents/guardians of students in that class or school and provide them with information about the detection and treatment of head lice.
Staff shall maintain the privacy of students identified as having head lice.
Source: Murietta School Board Policy
Murrieta School Lice policy and information can be found here: Murietta Schools Health Services
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