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When a student is suspected of having lice or nits, please refer the student to the nurse or designated employee trained by the nurse to do such checks for a private, personal assessment. Universal precautions are to be used to avoid transmitting the lice to others.
When a student is confirmed to have lice – the student’s parent/guardian will be notified that day by telephone or by a note sent home with the student at the end of the school day. Provide the parent/guardian information on the care options for treatment. Students should be discouraged from close head-to-head contact with others. Confidentiality must be maintained. After treatment the child should be able to return to school the next day. Encourage the family to remove as many nits as possible. When the student returns to school an adult must accompany the student to the office. A trained designated staff member will check the student to verify that he/she is head lice free. The student should be re-examined 8 to 10 days after returning to school to determine that there are no more live lice.
If only nits (eggs) are found upon inspection of the students head, a telephone call to the parent/guardian should occur to determine if the student has been recently treated for head lice and to encourage the family to remove as many of the nits as possible.
When there are 3 or more cases of head lice identified in a single classroom within a 2-week consecutive period (with no close contact except at school) the whole class may be screened. This screening should take place toward the end of the school day. The screening may take place within the classroom or in small groups in the school nurse office.
Please remember that the first two days of an absence due to head lice are excused, and students should be provided with homework and an opportunity to make up the work missed. The principal will review any absence beyond two days on a case-by-case basis to determine if the absence is excused.
The Tacoma School District has not had a “no nit” policy since the school district Board of Directors approved a policy revision in July 2009 (Policy 3410 – Student Health).
If you have any questions, please contact the school nurse.
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