Kanawha County Schools Head Lice Policy

By: NewsChannel3
By: NewsChannel3

After thousands of absences because of head lice, Kanawha County schools are easing their policy on the bugs.

Last year, students missed more than 23-hundred days of school because of head lice. This year, officials hope that number will drop thanks to a new policy allowing students to return to school earlier.

Before students could only come back after all evidence of the tiny lice nits, or eggs, were removed from their hair. Some students had so many absences because of lice their parents risked being taken to court.

Brenda Isaac, the lead nurse for Kanawha County Schools, said, the only thing a no-nit policy accomplishes is keeping kids out of school.

To avoid head lice, kids should not share coats, hats, baseball caps, scarves, combs or hairbrushes. But Isaac says there's no sure-fire way to prevent getting the pesky bugs.

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