BOISE, Idaho (CBS2) — Students are headed back to school soon and one thing parents need to look out for, lice!
The itchy bug can easily spread. The Center for Disease Control and the National Association for School Nurses say students who are diagnosed with head lice, live or just eggs, do not need to be sent home.
One reason they advocate that “no-nit” policies should be discontinued, is the burden of absences. Both on the students and parents who may have to take off work.
They say parent’s don’t need to panic, “They do not spread diseases. They don’t jump, they don’t fly. But they are a nuisance nobody wants to have head lice,” said Saleah Snelling, owner of Lice Clinic of America in Boise.
So, CBS 2 reached out to Treasure Valley school districts on their policies.
Mountain Home, Kuna, and Caldwell do send their students home for lice. But not all schools in those districts will send a letter notifying parents of other children in the class.
Nampa School District follows the CDC in their procedure. While they don’t send students home right away, they send a letter home notifying parents.
West Ada School District, as stated on their website, says students may attend school but treatment is recommended.