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BP 5141.33


Head Lice

The San Benito County Board of Education (County Board) recognizes that head lice infestations among students require treatment but do not pose a risk of transmitting disease. The Superintendent or designee shall encourage early detection and treatment in a manner that minimizes disruption to the educational program and reduces student absences.

School employees shall report all suspected cases of head lice to the school nurse or designee as soon as possible.

If a student is found consistently infested with head lice, he/she may be referred to a multidisciplinary team, which may consist of the school nurse, representatives from the local health department and social services, and other appropriate individuals, to determine the best approach for identifying and resolving problems contributing to the student’s head lice infestations.

When it is determined that one or more students in a class or school are infested with head lice, the principal or designee may, at his/her discretion, notify parents/guardians of students in that class or school and provide them with information about the detection and treatment of head lice.


Staff shall maintain the privacy of students identified as having head lice.



Legal Reference:


48320-48325  School attendance review boards

49451  Physical examinations: parent’s refusal to consent


Policy Adopted: 6-14-18