Q. Why are children with pink eye excluded from school, but children with lice are allowed to stay?

A. The District procedure follows the guidelines of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Centers for Disease Control, which indicates that we may not isolate students with head lice or nits from their peers; nor is any student excluded from school attendance because they have head lice or nits. Instead, the school will monitor and implement control measures to minimize the spread of head lice among students. The Management of Head Lice Procedure outlines all the procedures to deal with head lice among students.

According to the recommendations by the Centers for Disease Control and the Washoe County Health District, head lice does not cause a health risk to others and is not classified as a disease, whereas conjunctivitis or pinkeye is an infectious disease and requires medical treatment and exclusion from school until the symptoms are completely resolved via verification from the school nurse or health care provider.