BOARD POLICY 5522






    The Governing Board recognizes that head lice infections 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.

    School employees shall report all suspected cases of head lice to the school nurse or designee as soon
    as possible. 

    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.

    If a student is found consistently infested with head lice, he/she may be referred to a multidisciplinary
    team, which may consist of the school nurse, representatives from the local health department and 

    social services, and other appropriate individuals, to determine the best approach for identifying and
    resolving problems contributing to the student's head lice 


    When it is determined that one or more students in a class are infested with head lice, the principal or
    designee will notify parents/guardians of students in that class and provide them with information about
    the detection and treatment of head lice.  Staff shall maintain the privacy of students identified as having
    head lice. 


    Legal References:       Education Codes 35020, 48211, 48221, 48260, 49450

    Revised:                        July 15, 2014 (Adopted: 9/6/83)