HEAD LICE

ADMINISTRATIVE PROCEDURE - 5141.33

The following procedure will be observed in the management of head lice in Irvine Unified School District schools.

A.  Identification of Initial Head Lice Cases

  1. A teacher or other school staff member observes a student scratching his/her head frequently or reports seeing live lice or nits.
  2. A parent reports his/her child has been diagnosed with head lice and is receiving home treatment.
  3. The presence of live lice/nits will be verified by school staff, health clerk, or school nurse.

B. Identification of Additional Head Lice Cases

1. Any suspected contacts of a head lice identified (HLI) student and any IUSD school age sibling of an infested student will be checked.

a) Grades pre-school and Kindergarten: If a student is verified to have head lice/nits, any students interacting directly with the head lice identified student will be checked (possibly entire group of early/late birds or AM/PM classes who co-mingle).

b) Grades 1-6: Close contacts and immediate seat mates of a head lice identified student will be checked. if close contacts or immediate seat mates are found to have head lice/nits, the entire class will be checked.

c) Grades 1-6: IUSD siblings of head lice identified students will be checked. If siblings are found to have head lice/nits, close contacts and immediate seat mates of the sibling will also be checked. If close contacts or immediate seat mates are found to have head lice/nits, the entire class will be checked.

d) Grades 7-12: Close contacts and IUSD school-age siblings of head lice identified students will be checked.

e) If head lice identified student attends onsite daycare, the daycare program will be notified by school staff, health clerk, or school nurse.

2. Office staff, health clerk, or school nurse will provide instructional material to the parent/parent designee upon student exclusion which will include:

a) Head Lice Exposure Letter with Verification of Treatment Form

b) Requirements for Treatment of Head Lice for School re-entry

3. Prevention and awareness information will be provided to all families in a classroom if at least three students have been found to be infested with head lice/nits which will include:

a) Head Lice Exposure Letter with Verification of Treatment Form

b) Requirements for Treatment of Head Lice for School Re-entry

4. Office staff will contact parent/parent designee of each head lice identified child and require the student be picked up for treatment. Staff will protect the confidentiality of head lice identified students awaiting parent pick-up for treatment.

C. Follow-up

  1. A student should remain out of school no more than two days for treatment. If a child has not returned on day three, the nurse will be contacted for immediate family follow-up.
  2. Before a student is readmitted to school, parent/parent designee must return the signed Verification of Treatment form to the school office

Student must be escorted to the school office by parent/parent designee to verify that the student is nit-free before student is readmitted to the classroom.

June 2, 2009