Lice Policy

Bemus Point Central School District


Purpose: To provide a consistent protocol to eradicate Head Lice in the school setting.

Diagnosis of head lice infestation (pediculosis) is made by direct inspection of the hair and scalp for the presence of crawling adult forms and nits (eggs).

Inspect all areas of the scalp covered by hair using wood applicator sticks. Use a separate applicator for each student. Watch closely for movement on or near the scalp for nits on strands of hair.

Document observation of lice or nits. Describe nits observed in terms of location on the body or clothing, color, approximate numbers, and the location of the nits on the hair shaft (within ½”of scalp). Carefully differentiate dandruff and hair spray globules. Inspect the head for excoriations produced from itching, or secondary infections that may have occurred at the primary site.

Contact parent/guardian and explain the problem. Review carefully with parent or caregiver the “Parent Instruction Sheet for Head Lice”, send copy home with student or give to parent. Remain non-judgmental

Inform parent/guardian student is excluded from school until treated because of communicable issue.

Instruct the family to read the directions on the head lice shampoo, and follow directions closely. Explain common types of medication available to the parent/guardian, their effectiveness in killing lice, the application time required in order for the medicated shampoo to be effective

Instruct parents to remove nits with fine tooth-comb after shampooing. Nits may also require manual removal with fingernails

Screen classroom where lice have been detected. (Elementary School building) Contact schools where other students in household attend; and screen other siblings that may be in the same school.

After the initial treatment, the parent must transport the child to school, the nurse will rescreen the student before allowing the student into the classroom, or on bus. If live lice are detected, the parent will be instructed to take the child home and retreat.

Re-screen student daily after identification until cleared. If live lice are detected, repeat above procedures

Custodians will be notified to vacuum the classroom carpets daily when an outbreak of lice is in progress. Bus drivers will be notified to wash the seats with hot water.

If a student or family has a chronic problem with head lice (2 or more infestations in one month): Refer family to Primary Care Provider.



 Shampoo the hair in appropriate treatment shampoo. Follow directions on the label. Comb thru the hair to remove any residual lice and nits (eggs).

 Use hot water and detergent to wash sheets, pillowcases and clothing, jackets ect.

 Hot dry or dry clean blankets, bedspreads, hats, and sleeping bags; or seal in a plastic trash bag for at least two weeks.

 Soak combs and brushes, headbands, and barrettes in the treatment shampoo or hot water for at least 10 minutes or wash in a dishwasher.

 Thoroughly vacuum carpets, upholstery, pillows and mattresses and discard the bag.

 Vacuum car upholstery and car seats; wash vinyl areas with hot, soapy water and discard the bag.

 Bike helmets, head phones, stuffed animals should be placed in a plastic bag and tied for 10 days.

 Inspect hair daily and remove any remaining nits.

 Remember to retreat in 7 days.