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Updated: 04/20/2016 09:24:58PM

Schools: Parents must be vigilant about lice

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This graphic from the Centers for Disease Control show the stages of lice development. The lice egg is also referred to as the nit.


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The concerned parent of a Heron Creek Middle School student in North Port was surprised to learn recently, after her daughter told her a classmate had head lice, that having the pest isn’t a cause for being sent home from school for lengthy periods like it used to be. In fact, in both Charlotte and Sarasota counties, students are allowed to return the same day if they have received treatment.

Previously, most schools required children with lice be sent home and not allowed to return until all the lice and nits, or lice eggs, were removed. Also, schools would send notes home to let parents know a child in class had lice so they could be on the lookout for lice on their own kids. Now, the goal is to keep children from missing class, shield them from embarrassment and protect privacy.

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