Lloydminister Public School Division

(780) 875-5541 Fax: (780) 875-7829

5017 - 46 Street
Lloydminster, Alberta T9V 1R4

Administrative Procedures

Administrative Procedure 318

Pediculosis (Head Lice)

Background

The Lloydminster Public School Division recognizes the concern represented by the transmission of pediculosis in schools and therefore encourages close communication between school staff, parents/caregivers, and public health nurses regarding the detection and resolution of instances of pediculosis.  Care will be taken to protect the individual from undue invasion of privacy.

Procedures

  1. School staffs shall work with public health authorities and their School Community Councils
    to describe and then communicate to parents/caregivers both preventative and remedial
    procedures for dealing with instances of pediculosis. 
  2. Children affected with head lice will continue to attend school.  Treatment will be
    recommended and close head-to-head contact should be discouraged pending the treatment.
  3. Parents/Caregivers of the classmates of a child with an active head lice infestation should be
    alerted that an active infestation has been noted, and informed about the diagnosis, misdiagnosis, and management of head lice and the lack of risk for serious disease.
  4. If there are ongoing concerns about particular cases not responding or being compliant with
    therapy, then the Principal shall inform the Public Health Authority of these concerns.
  5. In the event a child’s condition is not treated in a timely manner, the Principal in consultation with the Public Health Authority and parent/caregiver may not permit the affected child to return to school until they have undergone a course of treatment.
  6. Questions and answers for teachers and the public have been developed and are posted on the
    Saskatchewan Health website along with the updated Head Lice Fact Sheet at the following link:  https://www.saskhealthauthority.ca/your-health/conditions-diseases-services/healthline-
        online/abr8604
    .

Reference
Section 85, 87, 175, 188, 190 Education Act, 1995

Revised
Sept 2011 
December 2017
August 2023