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Head Lice Protocol

The San Ramon Valley Unified School District bases its lice management on guidelines from the California Public Health Department (CDPH), the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the National Association of School Nurses (NASN).

Head lice management goals are:

  • Decrease absenteeism
  • Support families in their efforts to control and eliminate head lice
  • Maintain student privacy

In working with head lice and student surveillance, it is important to keep the following principles in mind.

  • Implementing head lice surveillance and control procedures uses current scientific research and best practices.
  • The school nurse will train selected school staff members in head lice detection and management.
  • Staff will share information about head lice infestation on a “need to know” basis.
  • Staff will maintain the confidentiality of student information and comply with federal privacy laws.
  • It is essential to consider a student’s ability to understand whether or not they have head lice and if having this information is developmentally appropriate.