Okay, let me start by stating that I am opposed to lice exclusions from school. I understand the many problems with such policies and have stated them many times.
Our district has a no live lice policy. Students found to have lice are to be sent home immediately and may return when they are free from live lice. They are to be checked upon return and then 1 - 2 weeks later.
There is a family here that has 2 students in my school, 1 in the behavior intervention school, and one at the high school. The youngest was found to have lice end of November. Mom is not reachable during school. There are no emergency contacts. Technically the student is supposed to stay in the office all day in this situation, but we made an exception due to an attendance issue/to not punish making it to school on time. I left a detailed message and I sent home fliers with info about lice, a form so that I could treat the lice at school if mom was unable, details about home cleaning as well as checking the whole family. The vice principal even purchased and sent home lice treatment.
This student was out for five days after this. On recheck he had one louse, which I removed.
Since then I have had two staff report to me that the brother has lice. Apparently a student that sit behind him is telling staff that she sees bugs in his hair.
Ya'll I don't know what to do. I have a fundamental problem with excluding for lice, and I don't think that I can continue to use HIPAA as an avoidance mechanism.