Head Lice

HEAD LICE GUIDELINES

Franklin County has a NO NIT POLICY. If a student has head lice or nits the parent will be called to pick the child up from school. Students CAN NOT ride the bus. The student must be rechecked by the school nurse before he/she can return to class.

Listed below are recommendations you should follow if your child has pediculosis (head lice). 

1. Identify pediculosis in your child’s head. 


2. Contact your medical care provider for further instructions on how to treat pediculosis.

3. The County has a NO NIT policy. Guardian should be present with child upon his/her return to school in order that the nurse may examine the student’s head prior to him/her returning to the classroom. DO NOT PUT STUDENT ON THE BUS! Parent must bring student to school to the nurse to have the child cleared to go back to the classroom. 


4. Clean your home environment in order to prevent re-infestations. Please remember that a louse will not survive off the human host for longer than 24 hours. You need to wash all bed clothing and vacuum with a hose nozzle of the vacuum cleaner. You should vacuum upholstered furniture, rugs, stuffed animals, and car seats. Change the vacuum cleaner bag after use. Your efforts must be on the child’s head removing nits. 

5. Check the child’s hair, and other family members daily until you are sure all nits and lice have been removed. Most children that have recurring problems are not from re-infestation but from lack of 100% removal the first time.


If you have any questions please contact your child’s school nurse.