4000 - Students

4232 - R Pediculosis (Head Lice)


Board Policy 4232

The procedures below are regulations for administrators to adhere to the provisions of Board Policy 4232 and to assist in following the best public health practices in the management of pediculosis (head lice).

A.     All Principals shall:

1.     Ensure that school staff are knowledgeable and compliant with this policy, and its regulations/procedures.

B.    Teachers shall:

1.    Notify the parent of the presence of head lice and share “A Parent’s Guide to the Nitty-Gritty about Head Lice” brochure (available in the School Nurse’s office or on the PCS webpage:  Community, Health Information.
2.    Refer the parent to the Pender County Health Department for head lice treatment products.
3.    Encourage each student to practice personal space, not to engage in head to head contact, and not to share hair accessories or clothing.
4.    Check, the following morning upon the student’s return, to verify the type of treatment given for documentation to the School Nurse.
5.    Recheck student in one week.  Make contact with the parent with any further concerns.
6.    Directly refer students with chronic head lice to the School Nurse for case management.

C.     School Nurse shall:

1.    Review with school staff annually the signs and symptoms of head lice, the parent information for removal of head lice, and the documentation to the School Nurse.
2.    Make available to teachers and parents the brochure “A Parent’s Guide to the Nitty-Gritty about Head Lice” for the:
a.    14 day checklist for removal of head lice from the heads and the home
b.    10 tips for manual removal
3.    Consult with the parent regarding treatment options and supports.
4.    Refer parents to the expertise at the Pender County Health Department for treatment options.
5.    For chronic head lice issues the school nurse will work with these individuals to ensure proper care and treatment options are available.

“A Parent’s Guide to the Nitty-Gritty about Head Lice”
The American Academy of Pediatrics, the National Association of School Nurses, the Centers for Disease Control, and the Harvard School of Public Health have all recommended that students with nits and/or head lice infestations need not be excluded from school.

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