Lice Protocol

Pediculosis (lice) is a common problem in school-aged children. Head lice poses no real health risk to the population and is viewed as no more than a nuisance by health care professionals. However, since the condition can be transmitted to others, proper and successful treatment is essential. Our goal is to educate the students and parents on proper identification and elimination of head lice and nits as quickly as possible to minimize interruption of classroom time. WHRSD will follow the guidelines in accordance with Massachusetts DPH recommendations on policy and procedures for managing lice in the school setting.

1. Any student identified as having a case of Pediculosis (nits or live lice) will be assessed/inspected and returned to class and/or dismissed from school at the nurse's discretion.

2. The nurse will assess siblings and any close contacts who attend the Whitman Hanson Regional Schools.

3. Notification will be sent home to the parents/guardians of the children in the classroom at the nurse's discretion.

4. Parents/guardians will be given information regarding treatment of head lice.

5. The student must be reevaluated by the school nurse for re-entry to school. Whenever possible, the student should be accompanied by a parent/guardian until this exam is completed.

6. If nits are found after treatment, the student may attend school at the nurse's discretion.

HELPFUL INFORMATION:

Letter from the School Nurses

https://www.cdc.gov/parasites/lice/head/

Lice Lesson 101

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