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Torrance and Carson School Head Lice Policies

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Updated on July 17, 2020

Schools in the vicinity of Torrance and Carson can vary a bit from school to school regarding how they treat head lice. The following policies have been found, but they may change so check with your school‘s Health Services for particulars. In general, schools in this area do not strictly adhere to a no-nit policy, and will allow students to return to the classroom once treatment has begun.



The Board of Education 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.

If a student is found with active, adult head lice, he/she shall be allowed to stay in school until the end of the school day.  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. The parent/guardian also shall be informed that the student shall be checked upon return to school the next day and allowed to remain in school if no active head lice are detected.

Upon the student's return to school, the school nurse or designee shall check the student for active head lice. If it is determined that the student remains infected with head lice, the school nurse or designee shall contact the student's parent/guardian to discuss treatment.  As needed, he/she may provide additional resources and/or referral to the local health department, health care providers, or other agencies.

Source Torrence USD Board Policies


Head Lice

The informational fact sheet for head lice (Attachments C and C-1) should be sent to the parents/guardians of students in classrooms with two or more identified cases with the first case each semester (subsequent letters are not necessary unless there is an outbreak). Students may be excluded for head lice at the end of the school day, but readmitted after appropriate treatment is instituted. The presence of nits alone (after treatment) is not an absolute indication for exclusion and children should not be absent from school for extended periods of time due to this treatable condition.

Source: Los Angeles USD

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