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Lice: Protocols and Notifications

SRVUSD Head Lice Protocol

Head lice continues to be an ongoing nuisance.  The San Ramon Valley Unified School District bases its procedures 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.

  1. Implementation of head lice surveillance and control procedures is based on current scientific research and best practices.
  2. Selected school staff members are trained by the school nurse in head lice detection and management.
  3. Information about head lice infestation is to be shared on a “need to know” basis as deemed appropriate by trained school staff.
  4. Maintaining the confidentiality of student information is essential to comply with federal privacy laws.
  5. Consideration must be made of the student’s ability to understand whether or not they have head lice and if having this information is developmentally appropriate.