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Some school districts allowing students with head lice to stay in class

In a followup to a news item I first reported to you on 11/21 about schools relaxing their policies about children with head ice, the Los Angeles Times is now reporting on the controversy.Specifically, according to the Times, some school districts are now allowing students with head lice to stay in class.

The article focuses on the findings of school nurse Deborah Pontius. According to the Times, “With Pontius co-writing the new policy paper, the National Assn. of School Nurses changed its recommendations to allow students with head lice – known as pediculosis – to stay in class.”

The article points out that “CDC officials support more lenient polices of the American Academy of Pediatrics, whose 2010 report said, ‘No healthy child should be excluded from or allowed to miss school time because of head lice,’ adding that ‘no-nit’ policies keeping students out of school ‘should be abandoned.’”

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