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1) Parents should notify their child's school if lice or lice eggs are found in their child's hair.
2) If lice or lice eggs are found in a child's hair at school:
A. Inspect all students in the child's vicinity and other close contacts (e.g. best friends, playmates, siblings, etc.) If several students in a classroom are infested, all children in the classroom are to be inspected.
B. Letters should go home to all families of children in the classroom.
C. All siblings in other classrooms are to be examined.
D. If nits are found one inch or closer to the scalp or if live lice are seen, the student shall leave school as soon as possible with a letter explaining treatment procedures. The student will only be admitted back to school following proof of treatment, which may include a box top or a verbal or written statement of the treatment by the parent/guardian or physician.
E. If nits are found more than one inch away from the scalp and no lice are noted, the student may attend school the rest of the day. A letter will be sent home with the student encouraging treatment as a preventative measure. The student will only be admitted back to school following proof of treatment.
Students should not be excluded from school after appropriate lice treatment when nits remain one inch or more away from the scalp. Further monitoring for signs of re-infestation is appropriate.
3) The classroom should be arranged to discourage the spread of lice
A. The children should keep their outer garments at their desks if they do not have individual lockers or storage areas.
B. Children should use their own personal mat, blanket, towel, etc. for napping. These items should be stored individually.
C. If several cases of lice exist in one classroom, non-washable items can be placed in a tightly sealed plastic bag for 10 days.
D. Classrooms that have a student with lice should be vacuumed.
4) Families may contact their medical provider or local pharmacist to obtain the most up to date information on lice treatment. Families should follow the directions on over the counter lice treatment shampoos and second treatments should be completed if indicated. Proof of treatment is required for all treatments. (Refer to section 2, letter D.) "Natural products" marketed by health food stores and occlusive agents (such as mayonnaise) may be used. Manufacturers directions should be followed for "natural products." Occlusive agents should be massaged on the entire surface of the hair and especially the scalp, covered with a shower cap and left on overnight. Diligent shampooing is usually necessary for the next 7 to 10 days to remove the residue. Continue monitoring once a week for signs of re-infestation, meaning lice noted or nits noted within one inch of the scalp. Flammable or toxic substances, such as gasoline or kerosene, should never be used and are not acceptable means of treatment. Products intended for animal use should not be used to treat head lice in humans.
5) 7-10 days after the initial treatment, a second treatment is required to kill any newly hatched louse.
6) Non-compliance will result in exclusion from school. Effective treatment should not keep a student out of school for more than two days. All other days missed will be unexcused per occurrence.
7) If lice or nits within one inch of the scalp are found upon returning to school, the student shall be refused re-admission.
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