PEDICULOSIS PROCEDURE-WORTHINGTON SCHOOLS
Pediculosis or head lice, is a nuisance condition and is not known to transmit infection from person to person. Current positions of national organizations (The National Association of School Nurses, The American Academy of Pediatrics and the Harvard School of Public Health) recommend that schools eliminate their “No Nit” policy. In order to maximize academic achievement, school attendance should not be compromised because of a case of head lice.
1. When a student is found to have an active infestation of pediculosis as defined by presence of live bugs or nits, the parent or guardian will be notified. The nurse will make a professional judgment regarding exclusion arrangements depending on her assessment of the situation. The student may remain in the classroom and go home at the end of the day if only nits are found. Students will be expected to be checked in by the nurse or other trained staff member after appropriate treatment has been received at home. A parent or guardian will be expected to bring the child to school for the readmission check.
2. Our healthcare staff will educate the parents about head lice treatment and control with verbal and/or written instructions.
3. Teachers will be notified when a student in the classroom has head lice. A letter will be sent to the children’s parents/guardians of the affected classroom. The letter will provide recommendations for health care.
4. Upon readmission to school the student will be checked by the school nurse or trained staff person. If the student is found to have continued active infestation (live bugs and/or no progress in nit removal) the parent will be instructed to take the student home for further treatment.
5. Since mass screenings lead to embarrassment, misdiagnosis and unnecessary treatment, the nurse will not routinely screen classmates of the infested student.
6. If the parent or guardian is not compliant with treatment options and the student misses several days Worthington Schools may choose to implement the following measures;
b. Referral to outside agency for assistance
Please see the following articles for more information:
American Academy of Pediatrics:
National Association of School Nurses: