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Head Lice Policy

BISD School Policy & Information Regarding Head Lice


When a student is sent home 3 times within a 3 week period of time, or if it becomes apparent 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 well.  Notices are sent home with the student when a case of head lice is found or if nits that may hatch into lice are found.  A student is allowed to remain in class as long as NO active head lice are found.  (Information taken from the Communicable Disease Chart & BISD Policy)  Below you will find information regarding misconceptions of head lice & treatment information.  If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your personal physician or your child’s school clinic assistant.


RID Lice Outbreak Support:  TOLL FREE HOTLINE:  1-800-RID-LICE (1-800-743-5423)  Call to talk & answer questions regarding head lice treatment.  Information Website:


Lice outbreaks are very common among school children.  Head lice can come from almost anywhere & even the cleanest child can easily become infested.  It is very important that you act immediately when lice or nits are found to prevent their spread to other members of your family.  There are several safe, non-prescription products available at your local drugstore that are effective at killing lice.  Head lice may be transmitted through brushes, pillows, towels, or hats.  The main route of transmission remains head-to-head contact.  Lice does not develop from poor hygiene or dirty living conditions.  Head lice cannot jump from person to person and head lice do not carry disease.  Use all products carefully & consult a pharmacist or your physician for recommendations on treatment methods.  Wash all bedding & recently worn clothing in hot water & dry it in the dryer.  Seal items, such as stuffed animals, that can’t be washed in plastic bags for 2-3 weeks.