Parents thankful for a local school's lice policy

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Reporter: Mychaela Bruner
Photographer: Michael Bradford

PADUCAH, Ky—About six to 12 million people get lice each year in the United States.  A common place for infestations are schools.  Lenient lice policies at some schools are bugging some parents.  A recent article from the Associated Press cited a growing trend by some schools not notifying parents when a child comes in contact with lice.

Some argue by the time a child is sent to the nurse, classmates would have already been exposed and it also embarrasses the child.

One local school district has a strict policy about alerting parents and will not change it anytime soon.

Vicki Brantner has been a school nurse at McNabb Elementary in Paducah for six years and says a simple head-check takes only minutes and is well worth it.

"When we have somebody that has head lice, we have a step-by-step procedure that we give to them to take home, it's not only washing the hair, but you have to clean your environment," said Brantner.

Mother of five, Marcey Davis said she is thankful she receives lice notices from the school.

"It keeps me informed as a parent, as to what's going on in their classrooms and the school...Parents need to stay on top of in order to keep a lice-free school, at the risk of embarrassing my child, I would rather know about it," said Davis.

Brantner said her school's lice policy is here to stay.

"We have a no-nit policy which means not only can they be here if they have the actual bug, but all the eggs removed also," said Brantner.

Brantner said parents with elementary school-aged kids should check their child's hair for lice once a week.  For more information about the risk factors associated with lice, click here.

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