POLICY MANUAL

Pediculosis Guidelines - Regulation R7-53.2

1. If a student is observed scratching his/her head persistently, pediculosis should be suspected. Using a flashlight or the nit lamp and gloves, the nurse or other school personnel should examine the child's head, particularly the nape of the neck, around the ears, and bang area.

2. If live lice or nits (eggs) are seen, the student must immediately be sent home with instructions for the parents.

3. An ongoing list of involved students should be kept so that these students will be rechecked upon return to school and approximately eight to ten days later.

4. When a child is found to have live lice or nits, his immediate friends, seatmates, and brothers and sisters should be checked.

5. To be readmitted to school, the student must have a signed statement from the parents/guardians as proof of treatment and be nit free.

  1. One time case-student returns with parent and must be checked by nurse/health assistant and be nit free.
  2. Second time case-student returns with parent and must be checked by nurse/health assistant and be nit free.
  3. Three or more times within semester - student returns with note from doctor stating that student has been treated.

6. In teaching health, especially kindergarten through fifth grades, sharing of personal items, such as combs, hats and hair bands should be discouraged.  

7. Relate to teachers and school personnel that head lice is a "nuisance-type" health problem, one that is solved with time and persistence. It does not indicate a lack of personal cleanliness or poor health habits. The student's feelings and dignity should be guarded.

8. The school nurse should be a resource of pediculosis information.

Legal Reference
Code of Va. 32.1-35 List and reports of diseases The Board shall promulgate from time to time a list of diseases, including diseases caused by exposure to any toxic substance as defined in §32.1-239, which shall be required to be reported. The Board may classify such diseases and prescribe the manner and time of such reporting.
(1997)

Virginia Board of Education Regulations, "Governing Special Education Programs for Children with Disabilities in Virginia" at p. 30 (January 1, 1994).

Public Law 93-112, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 as amended.

Approved by Superintendent: September 13, 1988
Revised by Superintendent: May 15, 1996
Revised by Superintendent: November 20, 1996

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