JLCC – Head Lice Policy

Based on recommendations from the National Association of School Nurses, American Academy of Pediatrics, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, students with nits and/or head lice should not be excluded from school. School-wide screening for nits alone is not an accurate way of predicting which children will become infested with head lice. Conducting screenings for live lice has not been proven to have a significant decrease on the incidence of head lice in a school community. Head lice infestation poses little risk to others and does not result in additional health problems. The school nurse may check a student’s head if the student is demonstrating symptoms.

When a student has been identified as having live lice or nits, the school nurse, principal or principal’s designee will provide the family with two handouts, the brochure “ConVal District Guidelines on Head Lice” and the Head Lice Checklist for Home. This information will be available to all families in the school student handbook. Each year, all schools will send these two handouts home with report cards, in electronic or paper format. In addition, should an infestation be identified, the individual school will re-send the handouts.

Management on the Day of Identification
The management of pediculosis (head lice infestation) should proceed so as to not disrupt the education process. Nonetheless, any staff member who suspects a student has head lice will report this to the school nurse, principal or principal’s designee. District employees will act to ensure that student confidentiality is maintained so the child is not embarrassed.

Students known to have head lice will remain in class provided the student is comfortable. If the student is not comfortable, he/she may be sent home by the school nurse, principal, or principal’s designee.

Students will be discouraged from close direct head contact with others and from sharing personal items with other students. The school nurse, principal, or principal’s designee will notify the parent/guardian if their student is found to have head lice and/or nits, and will recommend to the parent/guardian to contact the primary health care provider or pharmacist for treatment advice. The school nurse, principal, or principal’s designee will also recommend to the assessed student’s parent/guardian/adult student that they should inform all close contacts the student may have had in the previous month. Based upon the school nurse’s professional judgement, known close contacts of the assessed student may be screened.

Criteria for Return to School
If a student is sent home, the student will be allowed to return to school after the parent/guardian/adult student and the school nurse have had contact regarding proper treatment, as recommended in the ConVal School District Guidelines On Head Lice brochure. The school nurse, principal, or principal’s designee will re-check the student’s head. In alignment with these recommendations, no student will be excluded from attendance solely based on grounds that nits may be present. In addition, the school nurse or school social worker may offer extra help or information to families of children who are repeatedly or chronically infested.

Legal References/Resources:
       RSA 200:39, Exclusion from School
      JLCC-R: Head Lice Procedure,,

First Read: November 7, 2017
Second Read: November 21, 2017
Adopted: November 21, 2017