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MISD Student With Lice Not Allowed To Miss School

Zora Asberry
NewsWest 9

MIDLAND - The Midland Independent School District has a strict policy on students with head lice and some parents don't agree with it. NewsWest 9 spoke with the Supervisor of Health Services for MISD to find out more on this policy.

"It's not a disease and we're not going to exclude children with active cases of head lice from school," Tracey Dees, Supervisor of Health Services with Midland ISD, said.

A concerned parent, who wished to remain anonymous, said, "Maybe it's not a disease, but it's a parasite and having your kids in that environment, at what point does it become abuse or negligence on the schools part?"

The Centers for Disease Control states that students with head lice do not need to be sent home early from school as they have not been shown to spread disease.

"Nationally, the children are missing a tremendous number of days of school because they have an active case of head lice," Dees said.

The father of the MISD student said, "If she does go to school, she's probably going to pass it to someone else and they're going to have to miss school. When do you stop and say, no more?"

The school district says they send information about treatment home to the parents.

"We'll look at their heads, if they have an active case of head lice, we will send them home with a treatment protocol and help the parents understand what needs to be done. Then they can come back to school the next day," Dees said. 

But this Midland dad says that he hasn't received anything at all and all he wants is for the district to keep parents informed.

"Have communication, let not just one person know, send a group letter to everyone. We can't help them if we're not informed," the father said.

Although it is a pain for parents who are dealing with this issue, it is recommended that they go through the proper procedures to help rid their child of head lice.

"I know parents have a problem with the concept of head lice, we're concerned about it too. We know it's an absolute pain to have to treat your child and comb out all those nits. It really is difficult and we absolutely sympathize with that," Dees said. 

If your child has head lice, contact your doctor or local health department as soon as possible. For more information on lice treatment and school regulations, you can visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website at www.cdc.gov

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