Lice (Pediculosis)

If your child has been found to have lice or nits on his/her scalp treat at home (see attachments below for home remedies and Over the Counter medications).  Please notify the school nurse and classroom teacher.  Follow up by changing linens, washing stuffed animals and bagging these items in a trash bag for 10 days.  Please treat all family members.  Repeat treatment in 7 to 10 days.  
Requirement for student to return to school
• PARENT MUST ACCOMPANY STUDENT TO SCHOOL.
• Upon student’s arrival at school after lice identification, the school nurse or principal 
designee will examine the student’s hair and scalp.
• If student has not been treated for lice or lice are present, the student will be sent home.
• If only nits are present upon examination, the student may remain at school.

Policy 8600
New Hanover County Public Schools, Wilmington, North Carolina
    HEAD LICE 
  • Purpose and Scope
    • The purpose of this Policy is to establish clear guidelines regarding the control of head lice in the New Hanover County Schools. The scope of this Policy applies to New Hanover County Schools personnel and New Hanover County Health Department School Nurses.
  • Procedures
    • Upon identification of lice on a student, the school employee shall contact the school nurse or principal designee to verify head lice. School nurse or school principal designee shall:
    •  Directly examine the hair and scalp for lice and nits, especially at the nape of the neck and around the ears.
    •  If lice are verified, notify the student’s parent/guardian and encourage picking up student to go home for treatment. A letter shall be sent home to parents of students in the classroom notifying them that lice have been verified in their student’s classroom within one school day after a positive detection. The student shall not ride the school bus until they are cleared by the principal or the school nurse.
    • Reassure student that head lice are not a social disgrace and can be eliminated.
    • Send home instruction sheets for lice control; “Stop Head Lice” and “Alternative 
    • Treatment for Head Lice”. Answer all parent/guardian questions regarding lice treatment, removal of nits and home cleaning that may cause reoccurrence of lice. (Nits are head lice eggs – eggs are laid by the adult female louse and hatch in seven to ten (7-10) days from a viable nit (egg casing), which appears as a clear, graying ellipsoid, firmly attached to the hair shaft at the junction of the scalp with ¼” or less. Viable eggs camouflage with pigment to match the hair color of the host. Hatched or empty casings (nits) can be distinguished by the milky white color and are easier to see. The empty nits are seen on the hair shaft further away from the scalp than the viable nits.
    • Requirement for student to return to school
      • PARENT MUST ACCOMPANY STUDENT TO SCHOOL.
      • Upon student’s arrival at school after lice identification, the school nurse or principal 
      designee will examine the student’s hair and scalp.
      • If student has not been treated for lice or lice are present, the student will be sent home.
      • If only nits are present upon examination, the student may remain at school.
The school counselor, social worker or the school nurse can make home visits when needed for 
students with repeated cases of head lice. School personnel shall notify the Department of 
Social Services and the school principal if home visits, phone calls and school personnel 
assistance are not effective and lice infestation continues.
CROSS REFS: American Academy of Pediatric Council to School Health, National Association 
of School Nurses, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Adopted: 05/13/14, 09/15/14  
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ann.mintz@nhcs.net,
Aug 13, 2014, 11:31 AM
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ann.mintz@nhcs.net,
Aug 13, 2014, 11:31 AM