Lice Policies

Each county school district in the Atlanta area has attendance and health policies for children who have head lice and eggs/nits.The following lice policies are from Atlanta, GA area school districts:

Forsyth County

Forsyth County has a no-nit policy, which means your child must be free of lice and nits before returning to school. Only two (2) consecutive calendar days of absence will be considered excused for the current head lice problem. Any additional days missed with the current head lice problem will be marked unexcused.

Gwinnett County

The Gwinnett County School System has a no-nit policy which means your child must be free of head lice and nits before returning to school. Only two (2) consecutive calendar days of absence will be considered excused for the current head lice problem. Any additional days missed with the current head lice problem will be marked unexcused.

Fulton County

If you suspect your child has head lice, please contact or see a health provider and notify the schools health clinic. It is important to continuously examine your child's hair every day for at least two weeks because nits can live up to two weeks. Head lice can easily be confused with other health conditions and a formal diagnosis is preferred before treatment is administered. If the school suspects your child has head lice, you will be notified and will be asked to seek treatment for your student before he/she can return to school.

Cobb County

The Cobb County web site states as follows When a faculty member suspects the presence of lice, the student will be referred to the school nurse. The school nurse will confirm the presence of lice or nits on the suspected individual. If there should be difficulty in identifying the presence of lice or nits, the school nurse may then refer the student to the area consulting nurse for further evaluation. Infested students should be sent home immediately with the Pediculosis First Letter to Parent or Guardian and recommendations for treatment. Once a student is identified as being infested, the school nurse should check his/her siblings and the infested students sent home. If siblings attend another school, that school nurse will be notified to check the siblings.In elementary school, once a student is identified as being infested with live lice, the student will be sent home. If 10% of the student's class is infested, all students in the class will be examined.When the child returns to school, the student will be checked for live bugs and then checked again after 10 days.