Manchester parents scratch heads over school lice policy
An estimated 6 to 12 million cases of head lice infestation occur each year in the United States in children 3 to 11, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Pictured are a male, left, and female lice. (WIKIPEDIA)
“I understand they wouldn’t want everyone to know their kid has lice, but if there’s lice in my kid’s class, I’m sorry but I want to know,” said Tricia, a mother of a student at Weston Elementary School, who did not want her full name used. She said she was unaware that only the parents or guardian of an affected student would be notified.
An estimated 6 to 12 million cases of head lice infestation occur each year in the United States in children 3 to 11, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Soucy said during the 2012-2013 school year, there were 88 reported cases of head lice in the Manchester school district in October, 86 in November, 66 in December, 17 in January and 7 in February.
“It’s all about louse biology,” writes Gerri Harvey, RN, MEd, of the NHSNA. “A live louse needs warmth, humidity and food to survive and reproduce. All three are found on the human head, as they live on human blood. Because they stay close to the scalp where these are present, no self-respecting louse is going to choose a hat, scarf or comb over a human head.”
The Goffstown school district has a similar policy to Manchester, whereby students are allowed to remain in class on the day of a diagnosis of head lice, provided the student is “comfortable” doing so, and a parent or guardian is notified. Recommendations for treatment are also sent home with the student. Children who may have been in close contact with the diagnosed child can be checked or screened for lice by staff.
If live lice are found, parents are notified by phone with directions for treatment and management. Written information is also sent home.
Most children can safely return to school after treatment with a shampoo such as NIX, recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics.
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