CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT: Managing Lice in the Classroom

1. Have students put their hats and scarves in sleeves of their coat.
2. Ask children to keep their coat on back of their chair, hanging or in any other way feasible that keeps them separate and not at risk of contact by another child (near the head).
3. Make sure that children do not share brushes, headgear, pillows, bedding, stuffed animals or costumes.
4. Wipe down shared headgear, headphones and/or helmets before being used by other people. An alcohol or other sanitary wipe, or soap and water are options.
5. All stuffed animals, fabric chairs, bean bags or upholstered furniture will be removed from the classroom and bagged or stored where there are not available to student use.
6. Be aware of student behaviors in class where they may be in close head to head contact and redirect the activity to separate their heads.
7. Recognize signs of head lice such as excessive scratching, irritability, or the presence of nits and/or lice.
8. Refer any child who exhibits potential signs or symptoms of head lice to the nurse for a screening.
9. Encourage children to tell their parents, teacher or school nurse any time their head itches.