Caldwell County Schools changes head lice policy

Another change is coming to your kids’ school to keep them from getting head lice. Last year Caldwell County Schools allowed students to attend classes with eggs, or nits. Parents complained, and now it’s back to a "no nit policy."
Battling head lice isn’t cheap. The cost of lice treatment products really adds up. Just ask single mom and mother of two Tamara New.

"That’s $35, $40, then you have to get the spray to treat the house and all that," New said.

When one of your children gets lice, expect all your kids to get lice.

"It’s embarrassing for the kids and parents, and I don’t know. It’s quite a process to try and get rid of it," New said.

Superintendent Carrell Boyd says the school district is trying to help parents the best it can.

"This has been an age-old problem. You know, I’ve been in education for 31 years, and this has always been an issue," Carrell said.

Last year the district altered the rules and only allowed those with nits. 

"It seemed to bring more complaints and concerns," Carrell said.

So, this year the no nits policy is back, and there’s a new push to keep parents informed. One example: When lice or nits are found on a child, parents receive a packet that has everything you need to know on how to treat your child.

"It’s just a frustrating topic," Carrell said.

Parents hope the district’s efforts are enough.

The policy change comes after treatment-resistant lice were found in 25 states including Kentucky. The American Medical Association says prevention is the best way to stop the lice from spreading. You can do this by telling your kids not to share hair brushes, hats, pillows, hoodies; anything that comes in contact with other children’s hair. 

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