Caldwell-West Caldwell Public Schools

Protocol for Pediculosis Capitis

The following protocol for dealing with Pediculosis Capitis (head lice) in our schools is based on recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and the American Academy of Pediatrics.
1.      When a probable case of head lice is reported, the person must be checked by the school nurse. The siblings and close contacts must also be checked. All those found to have live lice will be excluded from school.
2.      When a case of lice is detected, the parent/guardian must be notified and advised to check with the family doctor to obtain necessary treatment.
3.      After treatment, the student(s) must report to the school nurse for evaluation.
4.      All students with positively identified cases of pediculosis must be re-checked by the school nurse after 10-14 days.

Please note:
Large-scale notifications of entire classes are generally not made. Only students known to have had close contact with positively identified cases of pediculosis are notified by the school.
Classroom or school-wide screenings are not recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics.  Their analysis of pediculosis ( concludes with the following statement:  Because of the lack of evidence of efficacy, routine classroom or school-wide screening should be discouraged.”
National Association of School Nurses statement on pediculosis:
For further information, please consult the CDC ( and/or the American Academy of Pediatrics (