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Head Lice (Pediculosis)

District Policy and Helpful Links
Head lice is very common among children.  Although not an illness or a disease, head lice spread through head-to-head contact during play, sports, nap time, and when children share things like brushes, combs, hats, and headphones.
The district does not require or recommend that students be removed from school because of lice or nits.
If careful observation indicates that a student has head lice, the school nurse will contact the student's parents to discuss a treatment plan using an FDA-approved medicated shampoo or cream rinse that may be purchased from any drug or grocery store.  After the student undergoes one treatment, the parent should contact the school nurse to discuss the treatment used.  The nurse can also offer additional recommendations, including subsequent treatments, how best to get rid of lice, and how to prevent lice from returning.
The district will provide notice to parents of elementary school students in an affected classroom without identifying the student with lice.
More information on head lice can be obtained from the following websites: