UPDATE: Children Who Have Head Lice Will Stay in School Under Proposed Policy from MDUSD

May 13, 2014 · 149 comments

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Mt. Diablo Unified School District’s (MDUSD) policy on head lice, which was adopted on August 24, 2004 is being revised to comply with the guidelines set forth by the California Department of Public Health in March 2012, according to the MDUSD.

At Wednesday night’s MDUSD school board meeting, the board will consider changing their current policy, which states that if a student possibly has head lice, they will be examined by the school nurse, as will their siblings who attend the same school, and if it’s confirmed that they have lice, they will be sent home and the parents/guardians will be given recommended treatment procedures.

The new policy is completely different. According to the MDUSD School Board agenda, head lice doesn’t pose a health risk, it’s not a sign of uncleanliness, and it’s not responsible for the spread of any disease.

The agenda further states that when a student is absent from school and identified as having head lice, it increases the risk of bullying. They say “archaic policies cause many unnecessary absences from school, and with potential negative effects on academic performance.”

If this new policy is passed, the agenda says “staff, students, and parents/guardians will be educated about head lice, the district will establish evidence based management for students with head lice, and they’d like to maximize academic performance and minimize absence due to unnecessary exclusion of students with head lice.”

To sum it up, under the new policy, if a student has head lice, the parents will be notified, and the student with head lice will stay in school and “not be isolated or otherwise be subjected to restrictions of his/her activities,” according to the district.

Wednesday night’s MDUSD school board meeting starts at 7:30pm, and is located in the School District Board Room – 1936 Carlotta Drive in Concord.

UPDATE: The item has been taken off the agenda for an unknown reason.

We were looking at the full agenda researching other topics, and noticed the item about head lice was no longer on the agenda. We asked one board member, and he/she did confirm that it was taken off the agenda, but did not give a reason why.

We will update this post when we hear more.

1 Cowellian May 13, 2014 at 9:32 PM

Dayum, I saw the headline, and my scalp started to itch!

2 Anon May 13, 2014 at 9:37 PM

It made my scalp itch and my skin crawl! YUCK! They will all wind up with lice.

3 SequoiaMom May 13, 2014 at 9:38 PM

What??!! This is crazy!! Not cool at all

4 Itchy May 13, 2014 at 9:38 PM

Seriously? How about the inability to concentrate while scratching your head all day? Or a lack of sleep from itching all night? Won’t that affect academic performance? Aren’t you more likely to get bullied if you’re walking around scratching your head all day with bugs on you than if you were at home “not feeling well”? And how about taking care of the bullies rather than spreading lice so as not to encourage them? Clearly, those making the proposal have never had a daughter with long curly hair with lice!

5 k May 13, 2014 at 9:39 PM

so basically they’re saying that lice isn’t a health risk because it will cause bullying.. makes sense.

6 JB May 13, 2014 at 9:40 PM

I understand lice poses no health risk but what’s going to cause more bullying…a child being absent, the reason for which is no one’s business, or a child sitting in their classroom(s) constantly scratching and itching their scalp. I’m pretty sure watching a child scratch at their head, students will draw their own conclusions, which has the potential to start bullying then and there.

Not mention that my child would probably miss school because I would be busy all day sterilizing the house and doing laundry. I’ve heard from a few friends how hard it is to get rid of lice.

7 Sierra May 13, 2014 at 9:41 PM

This is just another reason to keep the student in class so the school gets paid! They are putting the blame on bullying so no one will argue, but the truth is they want their paycheck. I will keep my child home if anyone in their class has lice, so not only do they lose one payment, but possibly the whole classes payment for the day! Smart move MDUSD :(

8 Rollo Tomasi May 13, 2014 at 9:42 PM

As long as MDUSD gets their money from the state, I guess it’s all good.

9 Ven Xeter May 13, 2014 at 9:44 PM

Just when you thought our public school administrators could not get any nuttier. Yes, nevermind all the real issues facing our schools, it is very important we step up and show we have become more tolerant of head lice and those who host these creatures.

10 zms1031 May 13, 2014 at 9:44 PM

This is crap. If my son comes home with lice and i get it i will be livid. And the school knew the child sitting next to mine had it? That’s wrong

11 Marianne May 13, 2014 at 9:51 PM

This is just plain gross!

12 ChampagneKitty May 13, 2014 at 9:52 PM

What? Is this a joke?

13 NoMoreFreeRide May 13, 2014 at 9:52 PM

Listen your kid is dirty clean them and your home up!

14 Anonymous May 13, 2014 at 9:52 PM

MDUSD could care less about bullying. They have several active complaints they choose not to solve. This is all about money. Poor kids and poor parents!

15 Upset jet May 13, 2014 at 9:56 PM

Wow. Filthy. Its pretty obvious the mdusd has run the numbers from years past and realized how much money they are losing from absences due to head lice. Its pretty clear $$$ is the #1 priority. I cant wait to read the next article on claycord titled “entire school infected with head lice”

16 Poon May 13, 2014 at 10:00 PM

Makes total sense..something that has been effective and works (send kid home, treatment, stop the spread) has to definitely be changed by morons.

17 Elaine May 13, 2014 at 10:00 PM

THIS IS OUTRAGEOUS!

Keeping the lice infected children in school will cause a spiraled outbreak. They will spread it to the other classmates, whom will spread it to their parents, whom will spread it to co-workers. BAM, we all have lice! All because we don’t want the children to be bullied?!

Listen up teachers, DON’T TELL THE OTHER CHILDREN WHY THE LICE INFECTED CHILD IS OUT FROM SCHOOL.
Parents, TELL YOUR CHILDREN TO THAT LYING IS WRONG BUT SAYING THEY DIDN’T FEEL WELL IS COMPLETELY ACCEPTABLE IF THEY’RE WORRIED ABOUT BEING BULLIED.

BAM! Problem solved!

Need anymore help?
2+2=4.
Don’t lick doorknobs.
And you are not physically capable of flying on your own.

Anymore rock science question you have, go ahead and direct it to the next person in line, this school board clearly can’t handle the task.

18 T May 13, 2014 at 10:00 PM

This is completely ridiculous. As it stands now, your child is sent home if determined to have lice. The teachers are very discrete as to why the child left and they send a note home with all students stating your son or daughter has been exposed to lice. This is a much better option than letting a child remain in class where other students as well as parents talk. That child will feel more ridiculed staying in school than being absent for a few days. Not to mention how hard it is to get lice out of a classroom or a home. The chance of getting re-infested are huge. It is a vicious cycle. The school district needs to call a spade a spade and admit this is just an insane attempt not to lose money for those children who are not truly sick. If this passes, the board members should all have to spend a week in an infested class to see how they feel about the possibility of being exposed! The school district should be ashamed of themselves!

19 eric May 13, 2014 at 10:01 PM

Is this surprising at all when MDUSD has attendance based funding? Anything to keep kids in school so they get their money. They aren’t even suspending or expelling kids for bringing weapons, drugs and alcohol on campus anymore, something that was a rock solid district policy forever. If little Johnny can bring a gun to school and just be “counseled” by an administrator instead of calling the police and starting the expulsion process than is it really any surprise that little Sally can stay in school with just a little head lice???

20 Wise Man Once Said May 13, 2014 at 10:04 PM

“In the first place, God made idiots. That was for practice.
Then he made school boards.”
Mark Twain

21 California Nightmare May 13, 2014 at 10:05 PM

Bet the teachers union will now be adding a clause in their contract that allows teachers to be absent with pay when the prevalence of head lice in the classroom exceeds certain levels. An unsafe working environment..

22 Gary May 13, 2014 at 10:14 PM

And who elected/re-elected those school board members?

23 Tod Gomes May 13, 2014 at 10:16 PM

” it increases the risk of bullying”. REALLY???? Sorry, you can’t blame “bullying” on everything now.

24 Connie Dobbs May 13, 2014 at 10:17 PM

I tell my relatives back in Appalachia about you people, but they don’t believe it.

25 Vindex May 13, 2014 at 10:20 PM

Seriously?????? MDUSD is a private school principals best friend. Their continue mismanagement drives families to local private schools.

26 Ali May 13, 2014 at 10:22 PM

Bullying is a real and terrible thing but keeping a kid in class with lice is crazy! I hope this does not pass! What about pink eye? Should we keep a child in class with pink eye!? What about chicken pock’s or the flu? Clearly if a child has anything where they need medical attention they should not be in class!

27 kandie May 13, 2014 at 10:24 PM

First of all # 8 who do you think host these creatures? No matter how sanitary your house is, or how clean you are you can still get them! My beef with this is, if this is their policy, then when my grandchildren come home with lice, I think MDUSD should come to my house and clean everything! That means paying for the shampoos, sprays’ and sitting for hours picking the eggs out of their hair!!!!

28 Elton John May 13, 2014 at 10:25 PM

Hold me closer Tony Danza
Count the head lice and then lie, say…
Kids are fine & there’s no bugs here
We must improve our ADA

29 The Realist May 13, 2014 at 10:27 PM

In other news: Incompetent school board wants more attendance money from the state to line golden parachutes for massive middle management bloat!

30 Al Gore May 13, 2014 at 10:27 PM

It’s global warming increasing head lice breeding season that’s to blame.

31 jpz May 13, 2014 at 10:28 PM

Damn gross…will send my kid to another school district

32 Eric May 13, 2014 at 10:29 PM

I work at an elementary school, and we send them home when they get lice, but the problem is the parents will send them right back to school the next day without treating it. You can call a parent 5 times in 1 week and tell them their child has lice, and they will not do anything about it.

33 Anon May 13, 2014 at 10:31 PM

If you don’t like the new policy (haven’t see much agreement yet), please email the the school board immediately.

34 Clayton Home of Toads May 13, 2014 at 10:33 PM

Reason 105b why my kids go to private school.
Now carry on tools.

35 vetvet May 13, 2014 at 10:40 PM

That’s it I’m shaving my son’s hair all off. He is a boy so he can be bald.

36 Mom May 13, 2014 at 10:42 PM

The child needs to get the case under control or it will be a horrific outbreak.
Parents,
Volunteer to go into the class and check for head lice eggs/lice when outbreaks occur. When my daughter was small it was an ungoing problem. Teachers are oblivious to the causes and the main one is lying back packs and jackets on top of each other.
That was the final problem outcome and once that stopped, the head lice went away. Curly headed children are the worst!
It is not fair as it affects not just the child, but the whole family from Uncle Ted to Grandma and washing everything with extra hot water for a long time.
Teachers please be thoughtful and not lazy and sloppy!

37 ☆♧caution May 13, 2014 at 10:44 PM

Not a good idea. Then everyone ends up with lice. So glad I dont live in the Mt Diablo school district

38 Concord Mom May 13, 2014 at 10:45 PM

Just one more reason why I’m working to afford private school! The MDUSD gave me a crap education and it would be even worse for my child. What the heck is wrong with this district?

What, did they ADVERTISE it and identify what children got sent home with lice? If the administrators were discreet, students wouldn’t know why the kid with lice was sent home. There is NO good reason for a kid with lice to stay in class where he or she could pass it to another kid. Imagine the homes getting turned inside out to get rid of these things! Hell no! My child will NOT be in a school that is managed by imbeciles.

39 theevaluator May 13, 2014 at 10:50 PM

Lice prefer clean hair where they can clamp on. So you tend to see it on children who are clean and taken care of. The difficult part is getting rid of them in the home. Teachers do not identify kids with head lice. A general notice is sent home advising all parents to check their kids. The District and board are idiots for wanting to keep kids who are obviously uncomfortable and scratching their heads in class. Young kids are always touching each other, leaning into one another, rolling on the carpet, etc. I guess no think, pair, share anymore!

40 Jess May 13, 2014 at 10:50 PM

The article says MDUSD will establish EVIDENCE-BASED policies for dealing with lice. Why that should be appalling to so many of you is a mystery to me. What do you have against following the advice of experts who have studied the science and are making recommendations based on evidence of what works rather than “lice are icky and this is the way we’ve always done it”?

From WebMD:

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, a healthy child should not be kept home from school because of lice. It recommends that a child remain in class but avoid head contact with others. After treatment, dead eggs may remain in a child’s hair until they are removed. Some schools have a “no nits” policy, meaning the eggs must be removed before the child returns to class. The American Academy of Pediatrics discourages this policy.

http://www.webmd.com/children/ss/slideshow-lice-overview

From Seattle Children’s Hospital:

Only live lice can transmit lice to another child.
Nits (lice eggs) cannot transmit lice because they are attached to the child’s hair.

Almost all transmission is from direct head-to-head (hair-to-hair) contact. Lice cannot jump or fly to another person’s hair.

Indirect transmission of lice from hats, caps, hair brushes, combs, headphones and other objects is very uncommon.

Most transmission of lice occurs at home, not school or other public places. Sleepovers and bed-sharing are a major source.

Your child can return to child care or school after 1 treatment with the anti-lice shampoo.

A child with head lice doesn’t need to miss any school or child care because of the presence of nits, because nits are not contagious.

http://www.seattlechildrens.org/medical-conditions/symptom-index/lice/

41 Finally May 13, 2014 at 10:54 PM

Finally the school district is getting smart. Sending kids home from school for head lice is not only idiotic but possibly illegal as stated by the health department. Children cannot be excluded from an education when this poses no health risk.

42 Dorothy May 13, 2014 at 10:57 PM

Good grief! Really? Lice is okay now? Fine, just don’e come near me and I hope the MDUSD school board get them.

43 Yay!!!!! May 13, 2014 at 10:57 PM

It’s about time MDUSD realized the stupidity of sending children home from school for lice. Not to mention the risk for law suit since lice poses no health risk.

44 ChampagneKitty May 13, 2014 at 10:58 PM

LOL, Miss Connie! :-)

45 Marianne May 13, 2014 at 10:59 PM

Any “parent” that allows their children to go to school with head lice needs parenting classes or an a** whooping. I take care of my own children and need no input from the public.

46 RAW May 13, 2014 at 10:59 PM

THIS IS A NIGHTMARE!! PLEASE DONT LET THIS HAPPEN! LICE IS A HORRIBLE THING TO DEAL WITH. WE DON’T THINK YOU ARE DIRTY! WE JUST WANT YOU TO GO HOME AND TAKE CARE OF IT! PLEASE COME TO THIS MEETING AND SPEAK UP AGAINST THIS LICE INCLUSION POLICY. THE ONLY WAY TO KILL LICE IS BY CONPLETEY DECONTANIMATING YOUR HOME, EVERYDAY UNTIL LICE IS DEAD AND GONE. THE ONLY REAL TREATMENT IS TO DOUSE OUR FAMILIES WITH CHEMICALS. THIS WHOLE DEAL IS DEFINTELY NOT IN OUR BEST INTEREST. PLEASE FIGHT THIS. THANK YOU!

47 Yay!!!!! May 13, 2014 at 11:01 PM

Concord Mom. Lice poses no health risk and it is illegal to discriminate. No child should be denied an education for this.

48 Jess May 13, 2014 at 11:05 PM

More facts from WebMD:

A lice infestation, however, is not a reflection of a person’s cleanliness, according to Dr. Andrew Bonwit, a pediatric infectious disease expert at Loyola University Health System in Illinois.

“Personal hygiene and socioeconomic status have nothing to do with having or transmitting head lice. The head louse is an equal-opportunity pest,” explained Bonwit in a university news release. “The infestation is usually a nuisance and almost never a serious problem in itself.”

Myth: Sharing personal items spreads lice. “Although it’s probably best not to share such items as combs, hairbrushes and hats, these do not seem to transmit the pest,” Bonwit added. “Transmission of lice seems to occur only by direct head-to-head contact from one person to another.”

Myth: Kids with lice should be sent home from school immediately. “The American Academy of Pediatrics does not endorse ‘no-nit’ policies that exclude children from school because nits are present,” Bonwit noted. “In fact, even the presence of mature head lice is not considered a valid reason to exclude children, only a cause for prompt referral to the physician for treatment.”

Myth: Lice carry disease. “Head lice do not transmit serious infectious disease,” Bonwit explained.

http://www.webmd.com/children/news/20131018/doc-dispels-common-myths-about-head-lice

49 Yay!!!!! May 13, 2014 at 11:06 PM

NO CHILD SHALL BE EXCLUDED From school just because some stupid parent is scared their kid will get it. The department of public health clearly states it does not pose any health risk.

50 Anonymous May 13, 2014 at 11:06 PM

The CA Dept of health says send them home at the end of the day with instructions to parents. It doesn’t mention bullying.

Anyone who is displeased with anything can claim bullying and dummies like our school board with do back flips to avoid that.

“Diversity ” used to be the buzzword now it’s bullying.

51 Reality Slap May 13, 2014 at 11:12 PM

Isn’t having a child with head lice remain in the classroom and trying to keep the other children from getting head lice like shoveling a walkway during a blizzard? Not sending the child home because of bullying? Really? You don’t think a child that is kept at school with head lice won’t hear teasing about having lice? Wake up MDUSD this is what’s going to happen. I’m thinking it’s parents who can’t, or won’t, stay home from work with a child who has lice, or it’s just the stupid length school districts will go to protecting their average daily attendance money. If I had a child in a classroom with another student with head lice that was allowed to remain in school, the school would be paying for the head lice treatment for my child for continually exposing my child to head lice.

52 Question May 13, 2014 at 11:35 PM

This bugs me, literally.
Another concern..Do bedbugs travel to school on kids’ clothing and in their backpacks?

53 Dwight Schrute May 13, 2014 at 11:36 PM

FYI, this policy was clearly brought to you by the dim witted, but the best remedy I found when my kids had it was Listerine on the hair, wait 10 minutes and no mas lice.

If this stays the policy I imagine Listerine sales will go through the roof!

54 Cj May 13, 2014 at 11:37 PM

When my kids caught lice at school, from the kids who were not clean, I had to clean everything in my house made of fabric, including carpets-drapes-sofas-bedding-clothes, etc. then spend hours torturing my daughter with the love kit and shaving my sons head…..only to have to repeat the whole drill next time a kid with lice came to school. It was time consuming, expensive and guess what… My kid was also forced to stay home from school. This is completely idiotic.

55 KenInConcord May 13, 2014 at 11:46 PM

I think its a great idea, we don’t want to damage the child’s self esteem. But for the sake of infecting other children I think the infected child should be required to wear a Orange Traffic Cone on their head until they are lice free.

This is the best option because this is really about the school getting their few dollars per student.

56 little louse May 13, 2014 at 11:52 PM

Wait til the Principal gets it. Rules will change!

57 PH Dad May 14, 2014 at 12:05 AM

What if they have crabs? Or head crabs?

58 Nitty May 14, 2014 at 12:10 AM

I’m in my 40’s and had lice for the first time this winter. My daughter brought it home from a MDUSD elementary school and shared it with her brother and me. After buying numerous Rid kits, spending countless hours washing hair & combing out lice, washing everything in the house, bug bombing & bagging up comforters & quilts for a two week storage, I can say that that was one of the worst weekends of my life! Then we went to a lice removal salon and spent another $400 or $500 dollars to have our heads professional cleaned. My husband will pull or kids out of MDUSD if lice is allowed in our classrooms. Most idiotic policy change proposal I’ve ever heard! I can’t afford lice! It’s too expensive.

59 ProCon May 14, 2014 at 12:58 AM

This is completely ridiculous. I hope everyone who feels the same will make their voices heard at the school board meeting.

60 Jess May 14, 2014 at 1:03 AM

Wow. So much misinformation.

Lice do not travel on kids clothing or their backpacks. Lice are very good at staying firmly attached to their host’s scalp and hair. There is no advantage to them to seek out a sweater or backpack because they don’t survive for long without a human host to feed on.

Lice are spread through direct head to head contact, when the hair of one child comes in contact with the hair of another child. Lice do not jump or fly from head to head. Your child will not get lice merely from sitting next to a child with lice. Your child will not get lice from touching the backpack or clothing of a child with lice. It is not likely that your child will get lice even if he shares the comb or hat of someone with lice, although obviously it would not be a good idea to do so. Lice do not commonly spread in school or other public settings. They are more likely to spread at home where children share beds or towels, huddle together on the sofa to watch TV, snuggle together while Mom reads a bedtime story, or have sleepovers with their friends.

Many people with head lice are asymptomatic and never develop an itchy scalp.

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, head lice are not a health hazard and do not spread disease. Their latest guidance is that no healthy child should be excluded from school or miss school because of head lice. They say that “no-nit” policies that exclude children from school while nits are present should be abandoned.

61 Scratching My Head May 14, 2014 at 1:04 AM

sounds as if the board has no choice but to follow guidelines set forth by the California Department of Public Health. If they don’t comply and send the kid home they face a lawsuit; it they change the policy to comply and some kid gets headllice from another kid they face a lawsuit….only a guidleine an attorney could love. Shot or be banged; nice choice for the board

62 holymoly! May 14, 2014 at 1:25 AM

this is about $$$ and we all know it…. It may not be a health risk, but to not get it treated is asking for it to spread, which will affect families and their employers as they will miss work to disinfect their homes. Nits may not be contagious, but what happens when they go untreated? They turn into the lice that ARE… this is just plaid STUPID. and to put it into a category of “bullying” is ridiculous. What, now they can all feel included as they itch their scalps all day long and show off the bugs in their hair? I think i remember sometime in the mid 80’s where Holbrook Elementary actually had to SHUT DOWN for a day or two to disinfect the school. Talk about losing money then!!!!! MDUSD, please please please stop making it so easy to make yourselves look stupid!

63 mommy to all May 14, 2014 at 1:38 AM

Anyone that can read…will know that lice is attracted to clean hair. The little dinosaurs cannot stick to dirty hair. I know of a lice infestation in Beverly Hills …some idiot could have put a stop to it had they not been so worried about the way others think. Don’t be a dick.

64 Buggin' out May 14, 2014 at 4:00 AM

Thank God my kids are out of school. This is one of the dumbest things I’ve ever heard. Health risk or not, we should not be ok with the senseless passing around of these disgusting creatures.

65 Antler May 14, 2014 at 4:40 AM

Remember to treat the backs of seats in your automobiles.

The extra warmth inside a car can keep the little darlings alive long enough to “vacation” when passengers sit side by side. Fuzzy-fabric car upholstery can keep a louse alive long enough to lay an egg (nit).

Also, teach your children NOT to follow through on the fun of “Please let me try on your ski cap/baseball cap…just for a minute, please.”

And parents, DO keep adequate anti-louse treatment products (including a very fine-toothed comb ready at home. Then when you see first see evidence of lice and nits on your children’s heads, you can shampoo, fine-tooth comb, and TREAT before sending your children back to school.

True, the district is more interested in body count. But also, they do not want to hire nurses to inspect your children for lice or anything else! I strongly believe that there should be a nurse (and I mean a Registered Nurse) who has office hours if students want to see him/her privately, but who also goes out into the student population, the cafeteria, playground, hallways, etc., as an active OBSERVER and COUNSELOR in every school.

So many parents are ignorant of proper nutrition, the symptoms of diseases (including mental ones), and/or they depend on the school as baby-sitters while they are at work…no matter if the child is feverish, can hardly hold his head up, or is has tears running down his cheeks because of pain, or perhaps is hardly able to stay awake because of Ritalin (or other drug) incorrect dosage.

Who will pay for these Registered Nurses? I think we already HAVE (along with having already paid for music and art teachers!!!) and that the administrative top-heavy situation and perhaps the sports facilities are the financial drains.

66 Epidemic Coming May 14, 2014 at 5:20 AM

Jess I hope your post was sarcasm. Every sentence was completely false.

67 Your Dr. sez May 14, 2014 at 6:02 AM

Suppose this order came down from some ‘affordable’ healthcare doctor?
Then is would all make sense.

68 Lies May 14, 2014 at 6:08 AM

MDUSD was already secretly practicing this new policy long before last night’s approval. I know of several kids having lice at my kid’s school earlier this school year and no parents were ever informed! I get the letter home about my child bring exposed to strep throat and scarlet fever every other day but never information about lice exposure? How am I supposed to check to be sure my child didn’t get lice from a classmate if I am never informed???!!!!

69 Money motivator May 14, 2014 at 6:19 AM

I’m sure the real reasoning is that the MDUSD doesn’t want to lose federal funding everytime a child is absent from school. They rather increase the inconvenience of families having to deal with the spread of lice rather than lose federal dollars everytime a kids is absent. They have no problem with kids spreading strep throat to other students and then sending out letters to parents so what is the difference in bullying with that? Half my kids class got strep throat recently and some of the kids were repeat offenders meaning their parents must not have done their due diligence in treating their sick child. So when those same kids keep having to go home for strep and the entire class knows, there was no bullying believed by MDUSUD to send hone a letter everyday. Ridiculous. Break up this ridiculous oversized district! We need more local control of the schools our kids attend!!!!!!!!!

70 past Community Member May 14, 2014 at 6:25 AM

This is just another reason I’m glad I pulled my children from that school district. Here its an EXCELLENT example of incorrectly apply a causal activity with a result.

To assume that academic performance will improve if you keep infested children is ridiculous. Its much more likely that children with lice have insufficient living situations. The parents are not involved or can’t be because they are working 7 jobs to afford a crap apartment in CA. If the parents were involved, they wouldn’t have lice. Academic success will not increase without parental involvement, regardless of the # of days the children spend in a classroom.

In addition, while Lice themselves may not pose a health risk, the situation in which the child GOT them does. It is what those of us in the scientific fields call a “sign”. It alone is not a problem, but can indicate that there may be other issues – which ARE a health risk. Personally, as someone with a weakened immune system due to an autoimmune disorder, I am tired of having to live in isolation and a mask because of other peoples ignorance.

71 Anita May 14, 2014 at 6:25 AM

I strongly disagree a kid would only have to miss a max of two days if the parent is on top of the situation to remove the lice from the head. The parent is the one that would miss the most by having to take care of ridding the house. It’s seems we are starting to work backwards in caring for the safety of our kids health

72 Thank goodness for great local private schools May 14, 2014 at 6:32 AM

Unbelievable, lice can/does get transmitted at schools, via little ones placing their head on the carpet, sharing headgear, etc. etc.

73 Mark May 14, 2014 at 6:34 AM

Schools receive less money when children are absent. My children will stay home until the lice are gone.

74 Familytime May 14, 2014 at 6:43 AM

Ugh they do this in Brentwood & my daughter kept getting that shot because other kids parents didn’t take care of it. Stupidest rule freaking ever! I picked my daughter up every time & treated her. Other parents are lazy n these poor kids going to school with bugs in their hair constantly. Yay not going to be picked on for having bugs!! Stupid!!!!!

75 michele May 14, 2014 at 6:48 AM

How stupid are these people? Wait till one of their kids come
Home with lice and they gotta go through all the drama
Super stupid

76 jmz May 14, 2014 at 7:03 AM

@Anon WHat’s the school boards e-mail? :)

77 . May 14, 2014 at 7:07 AM

I think the only lice are those who continue to be re-elected….. They certainly are little blood-sucking parasites.

But like any other parasite, a thorough housecleaning is in order.

78 Shelly May 14, 2014 at 7:10 AM

I’ve been there. When my son & some other kids in his daycare had head lice I realized I did too, and I had beautiful long hair. Oh, the horror! I shaved off all of HIS hair so he could go back to care, and was about to do it to myself, but was dissuaded by some other mothers who’d also found lice & nits. We went through a learning curve together. The stuff from the store didn’t work. The stuff from the doctor didn’t work. Lice prefer CLEAN hair to dirty. We nitpicked each other for a while before one mom (a hazmat specialist) looked into it further and found that detergent kills lice! And essential oils, such as eucalyptus, and others I can’t remember right now ward them off. We finally got rid of them by simply wearing dish soap in our hair under a shower cap for a while, which is truly toxic to lice (I slept in it) and using some essential oils in our hair.

79 MadMom May 14, 2014 at 7:12 AM

Its my experience that the real bullies are the panicked parents and the ignorant trolls on this thread

80 Almost a Dr. May 14, 2014 at 7:12 AM

Is there anyone that has some ‘official’ capacity that makes these kinds of decisions, or are these just made up as we sheaple move ‘forward’?

81 Shelly May 14, 2014 at 7:17 AM

It’s a misconception that people and children with lice are dirty and uncared for, as lice are LESS likely to inhabit dirty hair. It can happen to anyone, and is NOT a reflection on your personal hygiene.

82 Connie Dobbs May 14, 2014 at 7:20 AM

Jess sounds like she has lice.

83 Always Right May 14, 2014 at 7:23 AM

“Expert” advice against sending lice-infested kids home comes from people who are completely out of touch with reality.

These “experts” assume all parents will take appropriate action if they get a simple notice. Wrong wrong wrong. Many parents in MDUSD will ignore these notices. The only way to get their attention is to disrupt their lives by kicking the kid out of school.

MDUSD leaders who support this dumb idea should be the ones kicked out of school.

84 Doctor J May 14, 2014 at 7:43 AM

This is a trust issue — when parents can’t trust their school principals, teachers and especially district personnel to keep their children safe from child molesters posing as teachers, why should these parents trust the same school officials from keeping their children free of those pesky lice ? second, when you have half your student population on free and reduced lunch which is one sign of community poverty, when are these struggling parent(s) going to get the extra funds to purchase all these lice remedies ? they aren’t covered by food stamps. With Medi-cal adding 2.9 million people to its rolls due to Obamacare, there aren’t enough doctors visits who accept medical to treat lice. Maybe if it’s so valuable to have students at school, the
district will fund some delousing clinics — oh, but they already spent that money on Dent administrator raises.

85 ClayDen May 14, 2014 at 7:54 AM

@Antler

Another good reason for leather seats.

86 Cuzzzzzz............ May 14, 2014 at 7:54 AM

This is crazy. The fact that over the past 20 years lice has become an issue. When I was growing up in the late 60’s/early 70’s none of my classmates ever had lice. And to here my mom tell it when she was growing up in the 40’s only “dirty people” have lice.

So I guess the question is….why has lice become so previlent in our schools. And it is not just the MDUSD that has the lice issue, it is everywhere.

87 Susan May 14, 2014 at 8:07 AM

Parents, first educate your kids as to what to look for with head lice so they can identify students with head lice ( constant scrathcing ), have them tell you, and keep them out of school until the School District comes to it’s senses. If the whole school rebelled and had a student “sick out” they would wake up. This is the stupidest idea I have ever heard, and I am a nurse. It is all about money. PARENTS PROTEST!

88 Futurama May 14, 2014 at 8:22 AM

You guys are weird.

89 Chester E. Kitty May 14, 2014 at 8:30 AM

This is just wrong!! Maybe it doesn’t pose a health risk; however, it’s disgusting and lice is VERY hard to get rid of. I can’t imagine that all these little critters sucking on your scalp long term can be good for you. I agree with the others … just another way for the schools to get money for each kid being in school. We are just a pathetic society ….

90 JET May 14, 2014 at 8:36 AM

I still clearly remember in 4th grade the classmate of mine that got lice….she was teased for it. That seemed like a BIG thing to us back then you would’ve thought she had malaria or something the way those kids treated her. Grade school drama.

91 concordnativeE May 14, 2014 at 8:36 AM

This is ridiculous …

92 Concern parent May 14, 2014 at 8:38 AM

984. Disease and Infestation

(a) No establishment or school shall knowingly permit a person afflicted with an infection or parasitic infestation capable of being transmitted to a patron to serve patrons or train in the establishment or school.

(b) No establishment or school shall knowingly require or permit a licensee or student to work upon a person with an infection or parasitic infestation capable of being transmitted to the licensee or student.

(c) Infections or parasitic infestation capable of being transmitted between licensee or student and patron include, but are not limited to, the following:

– Cold, influenza or other respiratory illness accompanied by a fever, until 24 hours after resolution of the fever.

– Streptococcal pharyngitis (“Strep throat”), until 24 hours after treatment has been initiated, and 24 hours after resolution of fever.

– Purulent conjunctivitis (“pink eye”), until examined by a physician and approved for return to work.

– Pertussis (“whooping cough”), until five days of antibiotic therapy has been completed.

– Varicella (“chicken pox”), until the sixth day after onset of rash or sooner if all lesions have dried and crusted.

– Mumps, until nine days after onset of parotid gland swelling.

– Tuberculosis, until a physician or local health department authority states that the individual is noninfectious.

– Impetigo (bacterial skin infection), until 24 hours after treatment has begun.

– Pediculosis (head lice), until the morning after first treatment.

– Scabies (“crabs”), until after treatment has been completed.

(d) Blood-borne diseases, such as HIV/AIDS and hepatitis B (HBV), shall not be considered infectious or communicable diseases for the purpose of this section.

(e) No person working or training in an establishment or school shall massage any person upon a surface of the skin or scalp where such skin is inflamed, broken (e.g., abraded, cut) or where a skin infection or eruption is present.

NOTE: Authority cited: Section 7312, Business and Professions Code. Reference: Section 7312(e), Business and Professions Code.

93 Jess May 14, 2014 at 8:55 AM

Cuzzzzz…….

Lice have become more common as strains of lice have developed that are resistant to the ingredients used in lice shampoos.

94 KitCat May 14, 2014 at 8:56 AM

My kid will NOT be going to school if his class mates have lice…

95 Almost There May 14, 2014 at 9:06 AM

@ 76 – Here Here. I will second that motion

96 Kid You Not May 14, 2014 at 9:06 AM

Get sued by one parent or by one hundred, school looking to get one hundred suits and turn in 4 or 5 resignations.

97 Solutions creating more problems May 14, 2014 at 9:13 AM

than the original concern.

You people elected the board, tell them how you feel.

98 Almost There May 14, 2014 at 9:25 AM

@77 not 76. Here Here. I will second that motion.

99 Rollo Tomasi May 14, 2014 at 9:40 AM

Apparently the MDUSD and Department of Public Health believe it’s a better idea that ALL of the families of children in a classroom experience the expense and extreme inconvenience of treating head lice.

http://www.cdph.ca.gov/HealthInfo/discond/Documents/2012SchoolGuidanceonHeadLice.pdf

Of course, a parent missing a day or two of work to treat a child and their home for an infestation has no effect on the district’s bottom line. If the MDUSD thinks that involved parents who are able to be at the school every day picking up their children won’t discover an infestation, they’re sadly mistaken. When these parents hold six or seven children out of school until the infested child is completely louse free, the district will (too late, as usual) realize the folly of this policy.

100 Silva May 14, 2014 at 9:48 AM

Jess, as usual, is the voice of reason.

101 mamatosix May 14, 2014 at 9:52 AM

KitCat I agree! They are set to lose more money because we will keep our kids home to prevent them from getting lice. Lice get into everything and can be so expensive to get rid of. Why the hell is this district and state so eager to get rid of personal responsibility? If your kid has lice keep them home and take care of it! It does not mean you or your kid are dirty it means you have a contagious infestation! Fix it.
Let me guess…. next it will be bring your bed bug infested pillows to school. Educated idiots. WTH?

102 As for my kids May 14, 2014 at 9:58 AM

If a kid in their class is allowed to stay in school with lice, I will keep my own child home to prevent them bringing it home with them. MDUSD gets more and more stupid.

103 jtkatec May 14, 2014 at 9:59 AM

Claycord is inundated with bedbugs and head lice.

104 stupidity May 14, 2014 at 10:05 AM

If my child is sent home from school for lice I will sue the district and win and they know this!!!! This is an important policy change. Parents cannot sue for kids having lice in school. The Public Dept of Health has already proven it poses no health risk so good luck with that one idiots.

105 Speak up! May 14, 2014 at 10:12 AM
106 Troll May 14, 2014 at 10:15 AM

Wonderful. Yet another reason not to send my “future” children to MDUSD. DO these morons running the school into the ground understand that head lice is indeed quite serious?

Here is all you need to know about the dangers of head lice.

http://kidshealth.org/parent/infections/common/head_lice.html

Wake up MDUSD!

107 See Jane May 14, 2014 at 10:20 AM

Funding for schools is directly related to attendance. This has nothing to do with bullying, or anything else. It is all about money. Someone in accounting probably made a power point presentation outlining how much money is lost due to lice outbreaks. The people in charge look at web md and say, “Yeah, lice aren’t toxic. Make the kids go to school.” Hey, people in charge, maybe we don’t want lice, regardless of whether or not it is a health risk!

And by the way, If it is so difficult to get head lice, as Jess suggests, then why do so many children get it? Clearly, they get it at school. And if the lice are resistant to treatment, as Jess says, then how is sending the children to school after one treatment going to prevent the lice from being spread? I think Jess and MDUSD want the whole world infested. That is their end game.

108 #1mom May 14, 2014 at 10:39 AM

wow

109 RanchgirlCA May 14, 2014 at 10:41 AM

That may be their policy, but as a parent I would never send my child to school with lice. I’d keep them home and get it taken care of. It’s all about the money.

110 Isabelle May 14, 2014 at 10:52 AM

Head lice! No way would I ever have my children go to a school infested with bugs, especially lice. I would sue the district if this ever happened!

111 JET May 14, 2014 at 10:55 AM

I’ll bet there is no lice at CVCHS…. everything there is perfect after all.

112 Itchybahnkahn May 14, 2014 at 10:57 AM

Great…next thing they’ll be teaching is how to pick nits off one another…way to be pro active MDUSD…not.

113 Cynic May 14, 2014 at 10:57 AM

Jess, quoting WebMD does not make you informed, just indoctrinated, The medical industrial complex hasn’t applied or practiced science for the last 20 years, and policies have changed from common sense practices to jackassery because of the BS notion of DISCRIMINATION???…If keeping a child home because they are INFECTED with a parasite that CAN be spread via indirect contact (despite what WebMD says…) is discrimination, we have crossed into the bizzarro world. You bleeding hearts that think this is discriminatory, and a child is being deprived or somehow damaged because they are not permitted to infect others, are absolutely destroying the fabric of a once sane society. California is the most back-assward place on the planet.

114 Shelly May 14, 2014 at 11:05 AM

Jtkatek; Hahahahahahahahahahaa!!!!! True.

115 Cynic May 14, 2014 at 11:12 AM

Jess, I don’t know you, so this isn’t personal, but the mindset you bring to this debate blows me away. I associate that mindset with parents who place no boundaries on their kids, because they think they are giving them “freedom” and “fostering their individuality” when in reality, they are just becoming overindulged, spoiled brats. By the way, those are the kids that are usually the bullies, too, because there are no consequences at home. I may be off base, but after decades of observing this I chose to send my kids to private schools. That type of parenting still exists, but is much less prevalent in a more controlled environment. I know it sounds elitist, but I just cannot stomach the direction of public education. We are certainly not wealthy, and it is difficult to send out kids to private school, but there is very little that I would not do to be able to afford it. This type of stuff from the district just reconfirms my commitment to avoiding MDUSD schools at all costs.

116 Suzie May 14, 2014 at 11:23 AM

With something like this, I always think about the Dr and his wisdom. All of my children are grown but I would never want or expect them to come home with head lice; lice attack anything including adults. Please shower and wash your hair.

117 Rollo Tomasi May 14, 2014 at 11:37 AM

What a surprise. A taxpayer funded public agency (MDUSD) citing the policy change of another taxpayer funded public agency (CA Dept of Public Health) in order to assure more taxpayer funding.

118 anon May 14, 2014 at 11:44 AM

Since kids with headlice will be in school, those w/o head lice will stay home. maybe if that happens enough they will change the policy. Now along with the bedbug problem we’ll have a serious headlice problem. Brilliant! The almighty dollar win again.

119 haha May 14, 2014 at 11:45 AM

OK Mr mayor did you forget to run this story on April fools day?

120 Paul May 14, 2014 at 11:49 AM

Just another sign of society lowering the norms!

121 anon May 14, 2014 at 11:51 AM

Cuzzzz,
could it be that there were decades when people were killing every bug they came upon killing good bugs along with the bad? I think were finally coming back around, but i dunno things are so much out of balance.

122 itsme May 14, 2014 at 12:05 PM

Speaking as a former teacher, that is a big mistake! When a child has lice, EVERYTHING has to be cleaned and washed with HOT water. That means toys, clothes, bed linens, furniture, rugs, car seats, car upholstery, not to mention the teacher is responsible for cleaning everything in the classroom! This is absolutely absurd. Anyone, whether child or adult needs to be removed until there is no trace of eggs after treatment. Lice crawls and without good eyesight easily missed.

123 Shelly May 14, 2014 at 12:06 PM

Normal clothes dryer cycles kill all lice and their eggs on clothes towells and linens and whatever else you put in there.

124 Almost There May 14, 2014 at 12:08 PM

Actually, when you stop and think about it there is a medical issue with lice. Kids who are constantly scratching their scalps with fingernails are creating open wounds. The germs from their fingernails cause severe infections on the scalp. We know kids do not wash hands like we think they should. I would say and infection that close to the brain would be a real risk factor in containing the little bugs. I have dealt with lice in the past. 30 + years ago. It was a $300.00 expense every time I had to get rid of them.

125 Antler May 14, 2014 at 12:10 PM

ClayDen at #85. …… Leather seats? Absolutely!

126 itsme May 14, 2014 at 12:14 PM

One more thing…..the treatment for lice is a pesticide. Do you want your child to have pesticides directly on their body over and over?

127 @ Jess May 14, 2014 at 12:41 PM

That’s funny you state they dn’t travel on back backs, because we found a bunch crawling on them and in wool sweaters and on Bart seats… YOU need to get informed! PLEASE HOMESCHOOL ANY OFFSPRING YOU MAY HAVE.

128 Anonymous May 14, 2014 at 12:45 PM

No question – it is all about the money.

There will be lice in the classroom all year!! A few years ago there was a classroom at our school in which someone constantly had lice. The problem was only solved after MONTHS of parents voicing their concern and FINALLY a school nurse checked every child and sent those home had it. The classroom was then lice free and the absent kids came back lice free. I don’t see how they can possibly control it and keep it out of the classroom if everyone stays at school with it.

129 OddDecision May 14, 2014 at 12:59 PM

Since other kids will have the risk of getting lice, isn’t this an oddball decision? Not sure where all the bugs are coming from, but when I was a kid we never had this problem in school. Not only will the kids be at risk, but it puts everyone in their families and people they come into contact wiht at risk. Who the He928374928734LL wants to deal with this?

130 PC May 14, 2014 at 1:20 PM

I guess the district needs to hire the services of an obliging monkey!

131 Nurse May 14, 2014 at 1:26 PM

I agree with Jess. She seems to be the only knowledgable person on here that really knows about lice.

132 warbirds45 May 14, 2014 at 1:38 PM

Where are the Trailer Parks in Claycord? Clear out a double wide, for a classroom, and keep them in the park!
I pledge allegiance to the Rebel Flag…….

133 MDUSD TROLLS! May 14, 2014 at 1:54 PM

Straight from the kidshealth.org website about the dangers of head lice…pretty much everything that the MDUSD Retards said about lice not being contagious is BS:

Are Lice Contagious?
Lice are highly contagious and can spread quickly from person to person, especially in group settings (schools, childcare centers, slumber parties, sports activities, and camps).

Though they can’t fly or jump, these tiny parasites have specially adapted claws that allow them to crawl and cling firmly to hair. They spread mainly through head-to-head contact, but sharing clothing, bed linens, combs, brushes, and hats can also help pass them along. Kids are most prone to catching lice because they tend to have close physical contact with each other and often share personal items.

And you may wonder if Fido or Fluffy may be catching the pests and passing them on to your family. But rest assured that pets can’t catch head lice and pass them on to people or the other way around.

Treatment
Your doctor can recommend a medicated shampoo, cream rinse, or lotion to kill the lice. These may be over-the-counter (OTC) or prescription medications, depending on what treatments have already been tried. Medicated lice treatments usually kill the lice and nits, but it may take a few days for the itching to stop. For very resistant lice, an oral medication might be prescribed.

It’s important to follow the directions exactly because these products are insecticides. Applying too much medication — or using it too frequently — can increase the risk of causing harm. Follow the directions on the product label to ensure that the treatment works properly.

Treatment may be unsuccessful if the medication is not used correctly or if the lice are resistant to it. After treatment, your doctor may suggest combing out the nits with a fine-tooth comb and also may recommend repeating treatment in 7 to 10 days to kill any newly hatched nits.

BackContinue
ListenRemoving By HandIf your child is 2 years old or younger, you should not use medicated lice treatments. You’ll need to remove the nits and lice by hand.
To remove lice and nits by hand, use a fine-tooth comb on your child’s wet, conditioned hair every 3 to 4 days for 2 weeks after the last live louse was seen. Wetting the hair beforehand is recommended because it temporarily immobilizes the lice and the conditioner makes it easier to get a comb through the hair.
Wet combing is also an alternative to pesticide treatments in older kids. Though petroleum jelly, mayonnaise, or olive oil are sometimes used in an attempt to suffocate head lice, these treatments have not been proven to be effective.
Keep in mind that head lice don’t survive long once they fall off a person. So it’s unnecessary to spend a great deal of time and money trying to rid the house of lice.
Preventing ReinfestationHere are some simple ways to get rid of the lice and their eggs, and help prevent a lice reinfestation:
Wash all bed linens and clothing that’s been recently worn by anyone in your home who’s infested in very hot water (130° F [54.4° C]), then put them in the hot cycle of the dryer for at least 20 minutes.Have bed linens, clothing, and stuffed animals and plush toys that can’t be washed dry-cleaned. Or, put them in airtight bags for 2 weeks.Vacuum carpets and any upholstered furniture (in your home or car).Soak hair-care items like combs, barrettes, hair ties or bands, headbands, and brushes in rubbing alcohol or medicated shampoo for 1 hour. You can also wash them in hot water or just throw them away.Because lice are easily passed from person to person in the same house, bedmates and infested family members will also need treatment to prevent the lice from coming back.
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ListenDont’sIn your efforts to get rid of the bugs, there are some things you shouldn’t do. Some don’ts of head lice treatment include:
Don’t use a hair dryer on your child’s hair after applying any of the currently available scalp treatments because some contain flammable ingredients.Don’t use a cream rinse or shampoo/conditioner combination before applying lice medication.Don’t wash your child’s hair for 1 to 2 days after using a medicated treatment.Don’t use sprays or hire a pest control company to try to get rid of the lice, as they can be harmful.Don’t use the same medication more than three times on one person. If it doesn’t seem to be working, your doctor may recommend another medication.Don’t use more than one head lice medication at a time.Preventing LiceHaving head lice is not a sign of uncleanliness or poor hygiene. The pesky little bugs can be a problem for kids of all ages and socioeconomic levels, no matter how often they do — or don’t — clean their hair or bathe.
However, you can help to prevent kids from getting lice — or from becoming reinfested with lice — by taking the following precautions:
Tell kids to try to avoid head-to-head contact at school (in gym, on the playground, or during sports) and while playing at home with other children.Tell kids not to share combs, brushes, hats, scarves, bandanas, ribbons, barrettes, hair ties or bands, towels, helmets, or other personal care items with anyone else, whether they may have lice or not.Tell kids not to lie on bedding, pillows, and carpets that have recently been used by someone with lice.Every 3 or 4 days, examine members of your household who have had close contact with a person who has lice. Then, treat those who are found to have lice or nits close to the scalp.BackContinue

ListenWill They Ever Be Gone?As many parents know firsthand, lice infestation can be a persistent nuisance, especially in group settings. If your child still has lice and you’ve followed every recommendation, it could be because:
some nits were left behindyour child is still being exposed to someone with licethe treatment you’re using isn’t effectiveThere’s no doubt that they can be hard bugs to get rid of. If your child still has lice 2 weeks after you started treatment or if your child’s scalp looks infected, call your doctor.
No matter how long the problem lasts, be sure to emphasize to your child that although having lice can certainly be very embarrassing, anyone can get them. It’s important for kids to understand that they haven’t done anything wrong and that having lice doesn’t make them dirty. And reassure them that as aggravating as getting rid of the annoying insects can be, there is light at the end of the tunnel.
Be patient and follow the treatments and prevention tips as directed by your doctor for keeping the bugs at bay, and you’ll be well on your way to keeping your family lice-free.
Reviewed by: Yamini Durani, MD
Date reviewed: May 2011

134 Jess May 14, 2014 at 1:58 PM

What do they do in other states?

From the Iowa department of public health:

• There is no need for children to be sent home or to miss school, though treatment should be started before returning to school the next day
• School officials should ask parents to check their children’s hair at least weekly.

From the Minnesota health department:

Infested children do not need to be dismissed from school.
When a case of head lice is found, notices should be sent home to inform parents about head lice, outline the current problem in the school, and advise them to check for lice and nits in their children’s hair.

From the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control:

School-age children who are not medically fragile should be sent home at the end of the school day if head lice are discovered. The child may return to school with a parent note after they have been treated once with a school-approved lice-removal product. Your child’s school may recommend options for head lice treatment.

From the Texas Department of Health Services:

A “no nit” policy is one that excludes students from school based on the presence of lice eggs whether or not live lice are present. The Department of State Health Services (DSHS) does not recommend a “no nit” policy. We do recognize, however, that school districts may adopt one as a local option.

DSHS does not have authority to impose a set policy regarding head lice on districts. DSHS does, however, urge school districts to ensure that its policy does not cause children to miss class unnecessarily or encourage the embarrassment and isolation of students who suffer from repeated head lice infestations.

Head lice infestation is a social issue not a health threat. “No nit” policies place a disproportionate amount of emphasis on head lice management than on real health concerns which should be a higher priority. This over-emphasis can lead to unproductive use of time by school staff and parents, missed classes, unnecessary absences, and parents missing work.

From the New Jersey Department of a Health:

Because a child with an active head lice infestation has likely had the infestation for a month or more by the time it is discovered, he or she should be allowed to remain in class, but be dis- couraged from close direct head contact with others. The child’s parent or guardian should be notified of the infestation that day by telephone, or by a note sent home with the child at the end of the school day. The parent or guardian should be advised that prompt proper treatment is in the best interest of the child and his or her classmates.
Other children in the school who were most likely to have had direct head-to-head contact with the infested child should also be checked. Classroom or school-wide screening has not been proven to be necessary or effective at controlling the spread of head lice.
Some schools have “no nit” policies under which a child is not allowed to return to school until all nits are removed. The American Academy of Pediatrics and the National Association of School Nurses discourage such policies.

135 @OddDecision May 14, 2014 at 2:03 PM

The bugs come from those you don’t even consider or think of as part of the norm; so they blend in or are over-looked. That is the reality.

136 @stupidity May 14, 2014 at 2:05 PM

Do some damn research first before opening up your butt cheeks and speaking. lice is contagious and dangerous. If your kid shows up with lice at school he/she poses a health risk to everyone.The MDUSD board members are stupid morons and dont know crap about health and safety for kids. wake up.

137 PH resident May 14, 2014 at 2:27 PM

As an elementary school trscher in the school district, this worries me. Live spreads so easily and quickly. If we don’t send them home to get treated, we will have a live epidemic on our hands. I can never where my hair down as it is while I teach. I am always leaning over students’ desks to help them with their work. As it is now, parents knowingly send their kids to school with head lice. I also have not seen or heard of a bullying problem due to students having lice. Everyone is very discreet!

138 PH resident May 14, 2014 at 2:29 PM

Auto correct! Meant to say teacher and lice! Sorry for the misspelling. As a teacher, I should know better right!? Lol!!!

139 Just me May 14, 2014 at 2:33 PM

Change is hard but this is stupid. There will be more bullying and more head lice.

140 Acd77 May 14, 2014 at 3:59 PM

News stations will be at the MDUSD Board Mtg tonight. No one wants the itchy uncomfortable kid to stay at school. Don’t leave this up to an honor system hoping a parent will take care of the problem. Stick with the old policy requiring a child to go home, get the necessary treatment and return to school once that has been done.

141 Steve H. May 14, 2014 at 4:31 PM

PH resident #138; I like the part where you say “I can never where my hair down…”! Are you an MDUSD teacher? Because that’s kind of scary.

142 Anon May 14, 2014 at 8:53 PM

GD schools are more interested in money and test scores than (un)common sense. What a joke!

YAM!

143 Concord Mom May 14, 2014 at 9:27 PM

They haven’t approved it yet!! Parents need to object.

Lice poses no health risk…. What about the chemicals in the shampoo and sprays? I don’t know about the administrators, but I’m not ok with the school allowing an outbreak of lice when it could be limited. I’d prefer to avoid spraying insecticides in my home and if I could avoid putting it on my child’s head or someone else’s, I would!

Here’s an idea: Designate a ‘head check’ day on a FRIDAY if a child had or has lice or monthly, for each class. Kids go in threes to the office for it. Kids with lice don’t come back on Monday unless they’ve been treated. Parents have two days to get rid of the bugs. That’s how it was done at my school growing up. We never had an outbreak or recurrence. No hurt feelings and no missed school… Unless the parent lagged, so it’s on them if their kid missed a day.

144 Cynthia Barton May 15, 2014 at 12:53 AM

This is NOT the way to stop bullying. If they are so wortied about bullying then make sure the teacher and school nurses keep their mouths shut about why the child was sent home. Just say they were sick. Spreading lice is not the way. That is a stupid ignorant thing to do. They will start an epidemic they cant get rid of. The Lice meds will eventually stop working. Everyone on that board should be fired for being too stupid.

145 Not a good plan May 15, 2014 at 9:00 AM

Is a child more likely to be bullied if:
He gets sent home for having lice and can’t come back until he is treated.
Or
Is sitting in glass with bugs crawling on his head for weeks while the other kids watch the bugs get bigger? Other students won’t want to sit next to him or have any of their belongings touch his.

Is the school going to have more absences if:
1or 2 children are sent home until treated.
Or
The moms hear of 2 or 3 kids in their child’s class that have untreated lice?

Think about it people, this will backfire big time!

146 Nurse May 15, 2014 at 10:19 PM

I would never send my child home from school for lice and never have. If one kid gets it the entire class gets it whether you send them home or not. My child goes to private school too so all you goody too shoe moms need to get a reality check.

147 Concerned parenting May 16, 2014 at 11:30 PM

I would like to know of this is in effect STILL
And does Martinez have the same rules
I know as a parent I am not allowed to check other children’s heads
And I know that the school doesn’t check when a child is scratching their head like crazy ( I was told I was out of line for saying anything and it wasn’t my place to say anything…..I know the school isn’t going to pay $ 100-200 to if my child ends up
With it due to the negligence of the staff . I have to treat the head 1-3 to
E then do my own because I can’t check my own head
Then wash everything and then was all bedding everyday for 14 days then I bug bomb my house not to mention I have to was the sheets I use to cover my couches I buy the spray to spay the animals
If this rule is still in effect I am going to flip my lid

148 Concerned parenting May 16, 2014 at 11:33 PM

I would like to know of this is in effect STILL
And does Martinez have the same rules
I know as a parent I am not allowed to check other children’s heads
And I know that the school doesn’t check when a child is scratching their head like crazy ( I was told I was out of line for saying anything and it wasn’t my place to say anything…..I know the school isn’t going to pay $ 100-200 to if my child ends up
With it due to the negligence of the staff . I have to treat the head 1-3 to
E then do my own because I can’t check my own head
Then wash everything and then was all bedding everyday for 14 days then I bug bomb my house not to mention I have to was the sheets I use to cover my couches I buy the spray to spray the stuffed animals and floors and pilliows bedding couches ect….
If this rule is still in effect I am going to flip my lid

149 Suzanne May 16, 2014 at 11:45 PM

@Concerned parenting
That sounds terrible…and pretty disgusting!

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