Head lice and schools
head lice with lack of cleanliness, poverty and/or poor
Impact at School
Many people mistakenly associate head lice with lack of cleanliness, poverty and/or poor parenting. Children may miss weeks of school to treat head lice, especially if the school has a "no-nit" policy prohibiting children from returning until they are nit-free. As a result, children with head lice and their families may experience stress.
The National Association of School Nurses (NASN) recommends that children found with live head lice should remain in class, but be discouraged from head-to-head contact with other children. The organization also recommends that a school nurse should contact the parents of an affected child at the end of the school day to discuss treating the child.
If you are facing head lice it is important to talk to a school nurse or other healthcare provider. Once your child has been diagnosed, there are many options to treat head lice with varying application times and efficacy.