Lice (Pediculosis)

Parent Information Sheet: LICE (pdf)

Lice (Pediculosis):

  • According to Texas law, students must be sent home from school if live lice are found in their hair.

  • Students will not be sent home if only nits are found.

  • Texas law also states students may return to school after one medicated shampoo or lotion treatment has been given. 

  • When returning to school a head check by the nurse is not required by law.


  • Treatment must be with a lice shampoo or cream rinse approved by the FDA.

  • Combing and picking out of nits is necessary to remove the nits.

  • A second treatment of lice shampoo or cream rinse 7-10 days after the first treatment is needed to kill remaining or newly hatched lice.


  • If treated, students may return to school the same day they were sent home.

  • Mass screenings are not recommended or required.

  • Families of students in the classroom will not be notified if only one case is found.

  • If multiple cases are found, then the classroom parents will be notified.

  • If multiple cases are found in one classroom, the school custodian will be notified so a thorough cleaning can be done.


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