No student shall be denied an education solely by reason of head lice infestation and his/her educational program shall be restricted only to the extent necessary to minimize the risk of transmitting the infestation.
It shall be the responsibility of the principal/his designee to notify the parents in the event a child has pediculosis (head lice).
Students found with live head lice shall remain in class, but shall be discouraged from close direct head contact with others.
A letter shall be sent home by the child to explain the condition and the requirements for readmission.
Prior to readmission, satisfactory evidence must be provided to school personnel that the student has been treated for pediculosis (head lice).
This evidence shall include determination (after examination) by a school official that there has been improvement (meaning reduction/elimination of lice and nits) since the parent/guardian was notified.
A student shall be expected to return to school no later than the day following notification of the condition.
Failure to meet these requirements shall result in the student’s exclusion until criteria are met for readmission. These absences will not be excused.
Treatment and prevention procedures shall be developed by the director of schools in consultation with the school nurse and distributed to all classroom teachers. These procedures shall also be distributed to the parent/guardian of any child that has pediculosis.
What to DO if Your Child Has Lice:
(references: Richard J. Pollack, PhD, entomologist; www.identifyus.com)