Head Lice

From Term 1 2017, Victorian government and Catholic schools will use the new Victorian Curriculum F-10. Curriculum related information is currently being reviewed and may be subject to change.

For more information on the curriculum, see:
The Victorian Curriculum F–10 - VCAA

Head lice management is complex as infections can be difficult to manage. Schools are asked to exercise sensitivity towards this issue and maintain student confidentiality.

Although responsibility for detecting and treating head lice rests with parents, it is important that practical advice and support be available.

Each school is expected to develop a policy, reinforcing an accurate and consistent approach to the management of head lice infections.

Schools are encouraged to work collaboratively with parents and the broader school community to develop head lice policies; implementing practices and procedures to prevent and minimise the impact of head lice outbreaks.

For more information, see: 

The Department has developed a Head Lice Management Toolkit to assist schools in the management of head lice infections. The toolkit is a guide and should be used by schools to develop their own head lice management policies. 

The Head Lice Management Toolkit includes a pro forma:

Consent forms

​Schools wishing to organise head lice inspections must obtain written parental consent. When a student enrols, the parent/carer should be requested to provide written consent for the school to conduct head lice inspections for the duration of the child's schooling at a particular school.

For more information,see: Consent Form to Conduct Head Lice Inspections (doc - 43.5kb).

The consent form has also been translated into 21 languages.

Management agreements

​When a student enrolls at a school, the parent/carer and the school will be requested to sign a standard agreement outlining responsibilities and expectations.

For more information,see: Head Lice Management Agreement (doc - 48kb).

Attached to this agreement, should be the Department of Health (DH) Treating and Controlling Head Lice pamphlet. A copy of this pamphlet was provided to schools in the DH "Scratching for Answers" head lice information kit.

For more information, see Head Lice​

The Head Lice Management Agreement has also been translated into 21 languages.

Alert notices

It is not advocated that the Principal inform the whole school community each time a head lice infection is detected. This could be onerous and may lead to complacency on behalf of the school community. 

The Department of Health Head Lice Management Guidelines indicate that most schools will have students with head lice at any one time.

Principals should therefore use discretion if wishing to alert the school community about the infestation of head lice.

For more information, see:  Alert Notice (doc - 44.5kb)    

Attached to this agreement, should be the Department of Health (DH) Treating and Controlling Head Lice pamphlet. A copy of this pamphlet was provided to schools in the DH "Scratching for Answers" head lice information kit.

For more information, see Head Lice​

This Alert Notice has also been translated into 21 languages.

Action taken forms

If head lice are detected on a student, the school should provide parents/guardians/carers with an 'Action Taken form' to gain an understanding of the treatment used and when it commenced. This form should be attached to the Department of Health (DH) " Treating and Controlling Head Lice "pamphlet. This pamphlet can be downloaded from the DH website Head Lice​ in PDF format, translated into 21 languages.

This form should also be attached to the Alert Notice, so as parents who find head lice in their child's hair are able to inform the school of what treatment has been used and when it commenced.

This form should be handed in to the Principal when the child returns to school.

Please use the English form:Action Taken - Student Head Lice Parent/Guardian/Carer form (doc - 53.5kb).

This Action Taken form has also been translated into 21 languages: