Parent Infox3a Head Lice

Parent Info: Head Lice

Harford County Public School nurses are committed to assisting students to maximize their learning potential by promoting their optimum health status; we look forward to working with you and your student this school year.


One of our goals is to educate our community about common health care concerns.  A common concern that can be anxiety producing is head lice.  Head lice are very common in childhood but they have not been shown to spread disease.  Lice are transmitted primarily through head to head contact and are not able to jump or fly.


The American Academy of Pediatrics, National Association of School Nurses and the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene do not support excluding students with nits (eggs). It is recommend schools admit students with nits (eggs) but no live lice.  HCPS nurses exclude students with active infestation of head lice and provide careful and confidential case management for families.  School wide letters regarding infestations are sent home to parents only in extreme circumstances. We encourage parents to check their children for head lice regularly throughout the year.


Your school nurse is available to provide education about head lice.