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Bed Bug & Head Lice Protocols

Bed Bugs

Richmond Public Schools’ bed bug protocol was derived from information provided by the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) and Environment Protection Agency (EPA) in an effort to provide an environment conductive to teaching and learning for students and staff. Additional information regarding bed bugs may be obtained from the VDH at or the EPA at Learn more about our Bed Bug Protocol. Lea la nota nuevas directrices en español.

The school environment is generally not conducive to bed bug infestations. Bed bugs prefer an environment where they can hide during the day and come out at night to feed on a sleeping host. Because most schools do not provide this type of environment, major infestation of schools are rare. However, bed bugs can “hitchhike” to and from school by hiding in clothing or book bags. It is important to identify the presence of bed bugs early. Developing plans, completing inspections, and conducting treatment can help to prevent spreading bed bugs in the school setting. A bed bug infestation is the presence of multiple bed bugs inhabiting multiple areas of a home. It is important to note that one bed bug found on a child/student does not indicate an infestation.

Head Lice

After reviewing the latest information from the National Association of School Nurses, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Richmond Public Schools is updating its head lice protocol to minimize the impact of lice on our students and our schools.

Read the new guidelines memo. Lea la nota nuevas directrices en español.