Move to relax Manchester school head lice policy gains momentum
The Coordination Committee on Tuesday voted to substitute its current lice policy, which requires that students be sent home “immediately” if they’re found to have lice, with one that would allow nurses and principals to send them home as they deem necessary.
The policy change would also eliminate periodic lice examinations by school nurses. Instead, under the proposed policy, teachers would send any student “suspected of head lice” to the school nurse. If the nurse determines that the child has “live lice” — as opposed to nits, which are eggs and are often inert — parents would be notified and the child would be sent home only if he or she feels “uncomfortable or if the administration deems it necessary.”
Ward 8 school board member Erika Connors noted that other school districts had gone from “no-nit” policies to “no live lice” policies, meant to distinguish eggs from living lice that can spread from child to child. She proposed keeping the old policy in place but making the criteria for sending children home be the discovery of live lice.
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