Head Lice Regulations and Guidelines
KDHE’s Bureau of Epidemiology and Public Health Informatics (BEPHI) has made changes to the Kansas Administrative Regulations (K.A.R. 28-1-6) relating to lice treatment. The regulation states “Each student infested with lice shall be excluded from school, child care facility or family day care home until treatment with an antiparasitic drug is initiated.”
Kansas regulations no longer require children to be nit free before returning to school.
Etiology, diagnosis and treatment recommendations and K.A.R. can be found on the following web sites:
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Head Lice Infestation
- American Academy of Pediatrics: Head Lice Clinical Report
- K.A.R. 28-1-6 Requirements for Isolation and Quarantine of Specific Infectious and Contagious Diseases (.pdf)
For more information on this and other contagious diseases, call the KDHE EPI Hotline (785) 296-1059.