School districts relax head lice policies nationwide - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

School districts relax head lice policies nationwide

Most parents would consider head lice an extreme aggravation. Not only do kids pass it along at school, but it can be passed onto siblings, too. Most parents would consider head lice an extreme aggravation. Not only do kids pass it along at school, but it can be passed onto siblings, too.
Now, some parents worry that more relaxed policies will make it even easier for lice to spread. Now, some parents worry that more relaxed policies will make it even easier for lice to spread.

(WMC-TV) – Relaxed school lice policies are bugging some Mid-South parents. As a parent, you may no longer be informed when there is lice in your child's classroom.

Most parents would consider head lice an extreme aggravation. Not only do kids pass it along at school, but it can be passed onto siblings, too.

Now, some parents worry that more relaxed policies will make it even easier for lice to spread.

School districts around the country and in Tennessee are implementing new policies. If a student gets head lice, they will now be allowed to stay in the classroom and other parents will not be notified that a student has lice.

It is a policy that the district says complies with guidelines of both the Tennessee Department of Education and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which means other districts could follow suit.

In Desoto County, there is a no hard rule. If lice is found, each student in the classroom is checked and the student with lice is only cleared to return when lice and nits are gone and with proof of treatment.

Shelby County students cannot return to class until lice are gone and treatment has been completed.

If you are not sure about your schools lice policy, it is easy to find out. Most of the time, school district policies can be searched on the Internet.

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