Lice Policy and Procedure
Head lice, although not an illness or a disease, is very common among children and is spread very easily through head-to-head contact during play, sports, or nap time, and when children share things like brushes, combs, hats, and headphones.
In accordance with TDHS, if a student is noted to have head lice the school nurse will contact the student’s parent to discuss a plan for treatment with an FDA-approved medicated shampoo or cream rinse that may be purchased from any drug or grocery store. After the student has undergone one treatment, the parent should check in with the school nurse to discuss the treatment used. The nurse can also offer additional recommendations, including subsequent treatments and how best to get rid of lice and prevent their return. Parent/guardian may be asked to provide proof of appropriate lice treatment such as a box top from a commercially available product. An anonymous letter will also be provided to parents of school students in the affected classroom. Upon return to school, the student will be reassessed. Parents/guardians will be notified as needed. Absences due to delayed treatment will not be excused.
Treatment of head lice guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention can be found at: www.cdc.gov/parasites/lice/head/treatment.html