We often recommend parents take the time to know the head lice policies and procedures at their child’s school so it isn’t a surprise when they have to deal with it. It’s a good idea to have a meeting with school officials, your child’s teacher or the principal before the school year begins. Doing it before the year begins means there’s less of a chance they’ll be overwhelmed by the stresses of the school year. As a parent, it’s important to be informed and involved.
Jefferson County has health policies listed on their website, including policies pertaining to head lice infestations. The head lice policies were developed in accordance with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness. Jefferson County acknowledges that there is no public health risk from head lice infestation or exposure. This is a great resource for parents. They also have other great information about policies regarding other sicknesses, language services, disciplinary systems and more.
“The most common symptom is itching. Scratching can lead to irritation, so it is important for a child to be treated. Still, there is no public health risk from head lice infestation or exposure.”
The Jefferson County School website has information about the following:
Head Lice Guidelines for Staff
Head Lice Flowchart
Head Lice Advice Packet for Parent/Guardian (English)
Head Lice Advice Packet for Parent/Guardian (Spanish)
Eliminating Lice in the Class
Treating the Home Environment
Head Lice Forms and Letters
Classroom Exposure Letter
Nits Only Notice
Lice Exclusion Notice
Healthcare Provider Release to Return to School
Head Lice Conference Referral Form
Head Lice Log
About 6-12 million kids get lice per year so it’s a good idea to be prepared just in case. The Jefferson County website is an incredible resource and can answer many of your questions and concerns. We are also here as your local lice experts to answer questions, give you head checks and offer safe and effective treatment.