Licedoctors Advises Parents in Boston Area to Know Their District's Head Lice Policy as Back-to-School is Peak Lice Season
Newton, MA, September 04, 2013 --(PR.com
)-- LiceDoctors Head Lice Treatment Service reports that as students start up the school year, the number of children infested with head lice climbs dramatically. It is important for parents to know their district's lice policy. Some districts have strict “no nit” policies, while other are more lenient. There is no one uniform school head lice policy for the state of Massachusetts.
For example, Medford is one of the schools that continues to have a no nit policy. Parents in the town are mixed; some are not sure whether that is actually a deterrent to their children getting head lice. Others are pleased with the policy.
Other districts such as the Boston public schools have eliminated their no nit policy. Their policy is simply,”Children found to have nits are allowed to come to school, although children with adult lice should receive treatment before they return to school.”
The policy in Newton is a little more vague: “Re-entry to school will be allowed once student is inspected by school health staff.” Generally children will be allowed back in school even if they have nits, however the nurse will continue to check and if the case is not eradicated the school reserves the right to send the child home.
In Natick, the school nurse decides whether the student may remain at school or be sent home if nits are found. After the child is treated, the return policy is: “The student has to be checked by the nurse prior to returning to school. A student will be accompanied by his/her parent until this exam is completed. If nits are found after treatment, the student may attend class at the nurse’s discretion.”
LiceDoctors recommends that parents learn about their school's policy and what the expectations are in the event that their child has lice. Karen Sokoloff of LiceDoctors reports that many of their clients have tried and failed with chemical treatments as lice today are highly resistant to chemicals. LiceDoctors can be reached in the Boston area at 617-517-4197 or online at www.licedoctors.com.