Head Lice Information

As we kick off another school year, it is important that our parents have accurate information about head lice, especially in light of recent reports of resistance. The East Greenwich school district School Nurse-Teachers encourage you to familiarize yourself with this topic by accessing the information we have posted on our webpage. Our protocols have been and continue to be consistent with the standards set by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the National Association of School Nurses. If you suspect your child has head lice PLEASE notify your school nurse, this will help us maintain early detection and treatment in order to limit its prevalence in our community.

Absence From School

Diagnosed students can return to school after the completion of the first pediculicide shampoo. Students identified with live lice at school will be sent home at the end of the school day and the parents of the student(s) will be notified by the school nurse so that treatment can occur.

Other Precautions

Please contact the school nurse if head lice are discovered on your child. Names will be kept confidential. This process allows the school to monitor possible recurrence and spread. Close contacts or those who may have had close head to head contact such as household members and playmates of infested children should be examined by a parent/guardian. In addition, it is important to periodically inspect your child's head throughout the school year.

Remember Lice do not cause disease, but it can take time and work to get rid of them.

Questions: If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact your school nurse directly or your primary care physician. Avoid under-reporting; seek guidance regarding treatment protocols; and understand that we will always maintain confidentiality.

Additional Information:

Headlice 101

Pediculosis Management in the School Setting (Nat'l Assoc of School Nurses)

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