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Head Lice Policies and Procedures

BISD School Procedures Regarding Head Lice

Bonham ISD follows the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) & the Texas
Department of State Health Services (DSHS) recommendations in the treatment &
attendance guidelines for students with lice.  Both the American Academy of
Pediatrics and the National Association of School Nurses, in conjunction with the
CDC and DSHS, advocate that “no-nit” policies should be discontinued – meaning
students with nits (eggs) can be allowed in school. These professional
organizations and medical associations also indicate that no healthy child should
be excluded from or allowed to miss school time because of head lice or nits. 
In unusual circumstances, the Bonham ISD Administration, school principal or
District RN reserve the right to modify these recommendations during unusual


Students diagnosed with live head lice do not need to be sent home early from
school; they can go home at the end of the day, be treated, and return to class
after appropriate treatment has begun. Nits may persist after treatment, but
successful treatment should kill crawling lice.
Students sent home from school will need to be checked by the clinic assistant
prior to re-entry to school. 
When a student is sent home 3 times within a 3-week period of time, or if it
becomes apparent to campus administrators or the District RN that steps are NOT
being followed to correct the problem, the school will request a physician’s
clearance that the student is lice-free before the student is allowed to return to
school AND a report to Child Protective Services (CPS) will be filed at this time as
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your personal physician or
your child’s school clinic assistant.

(taken from Texas Education Code, Chapter 38, Section 38.031 and FFAA(LEGAL)
1) The parent of the child with lice shall be provided written or electronic notice as
soon as practicable but not later than 48 hours after the administration or nurse,
as applicable, determines or becomes aware of that fact; and

2) The parent of each child assigned to the same classroom as the child with lice
shall be provide written or electronic notice not later than the fifth school day after
the date on which the administrator or nurse, as applicable, determines or
becomes aware of that fact.