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KISD head lice regulations
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Head lice is one of the nuisances that parents of school-age children occasionally find themselves dealing with.
The head louse or pediculosis has been around for thousands of years and affects between 6-12 million people in the US each year. It is the second most common childhood affliction, after the common cold.
At Ehrhardt, individual head checks are performed on an as needed basis. Parents are encouraged to periodically check their student for nits (lice eggs), which would indicate the presence of an adult, egg-laying louse. Nits appear as small, clear-whitish ovals attached firmly to the hair shaft. The eggs are usually laid on the hair behind the ears or at the nape of the neck. Adult lice may be found scurrying about at the crown of the head.

Students found to have signs of lice infestation will be assessed by school clinic personnel. For students found to have evidence of live lice infestation KISD policy is as stated below:
1.Exclude students when live lice are found and readmit after treatment of lice shampoo and assessment finds no live lice.
2.School clinic personnel will check students excluded for live lice upon return to school to determine effective treatment and again one week later (based on life cycle of louse).
3.The school nurse retains authority to exclude a child with repeated infestations where there is evidence of inadequate treatment.   
Students found to have nits within 1/4 inch from the scalp and no live lice will be monitored weekly by the school nurse.
 Many over the counter treatments are available. Thorough treatment includes using lice shampoo AS DIRECTED, combing through the hair with a special comb and removing as many of the nits as possible. After initial treatment, Checking the hair and combing with the nit comb to remove nits and lice every 2-3 days may decrease the chance of self-reinfestation. Continue to check for 2-3 weeks to be sure all lice and nits are gone.



Texas Dept. of School Health Services
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If you go to the following web site you will get information provided by the DSHS of Texas. www.dshs.state.tx.us/schoolhealth/lice.shtm Their policy is what we follow.