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Lice in the School SettingThe following policy and protocol sample was developed in response to frequent questions about lice in the school setting. It is meant to be a starting point for school districts to review their current lice policies and to start conversations in their communities. As School Nurses, the most current and scientific information must be considered, coupled with community input. Since School Nurses are an important team member for the health and safety of students, it is advised that the School Nurse keep current on the latest research and that the School Nurse be a leader in keeping kids in school where they can learn and excel. We encourage you to meet as a team within your district to review the sample policy and protocol, identify what components of the policy and protocol you are currently using in your district and expand upon what you are currently doing, to improve student outcomes. School Nurse Summer Institute 2013, Wisconsin Department of Public InstructionReviewed and updated 2016
Lice in the School SettingDefinitions:Lice: Tiny grey to brown insects about the size of a sesame seed that live in human hair and feed on human blood to survive. Lice do not fly or jump, but crawl. Without a human host they can only live for about one or two days 1.Nits: Tiny white oval-shaped louse eggs about the size of a knot in a thread attached to strands of hair.Professional Nurse: is a nurse who has a certificate of registration under s. 441.06 or who is licensed as a registered nurse in a party state, as defined in s. 441.50 (2) (j) who performs for compensation of any act in the observation or care of the ill, injured, or infirm, or for the maintenance of health or prevention of illness of others, that requires substantial nursing skill, knowledge, or training, or application of nursing principles based on biological, physical, and social sciences, herein referred to as the School Nurse.