Head lice and schools
Most schools have policies on head lice and treatment requirements.
Understanding School Policies
Most schools have policies on head lice and treatment requirements, including when to send children home and when they can return to school.
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 that child.
Some schools have "no-nit" policies requiring all nits be removed from students' hair before they can return to class. A number of organizations, including the Centers for Disease Control, American Academy of Pediatrics and NASN, oppose "no-nit" policies because they often keep children out of school for an unnecessary length of time.