Fall 2010

AISD Updates Lice Prevention, Control and Treatment Protocol


Based on recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the Austin Independent School District (AISD) has updated its Lice Prevention, Control and Treatment Protocol to reflect the most current guidelines in the control of lice.

In July 2010, AAP and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released new recommendations and guidelines for schools to follow regarding head lice. Experts from the two groups agree that "a child should not be restricted from school attendance because of lice, because head lice have low contagion within classrooms."

The reason for this is lice cannot hop or fly; they crawl. Lice are most likely to be transmitted from person to person by direct head-to-head contact with a student with lice. Therefore, students identified with lice and/or nits will not be excluded from school. Instead:

  • Parents/guardians will be contacted to pick them up at the end of the day.
  • The campus nurse will provide the treatment guidelines and information.
  • The treatment should occur the same day.

Once the child has been treated, they can return to school the next day.

AISD's updated protocol went into effect at the beginning of the 2010-11 school year. Read more about it on AISD's website.


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