“My daughters have missed 3 days of school due to head lice. I have treated them twice with Rid and combed and combed and there are still live bugs in their heads. If you come to my house and treat them will they be able to get back into school tomorrow?” Cathy R. Staten Island, NY
“Thank you so much to all of you at LiceDoctors. I thought that my daughter was going to miss her final exams. The nurse at her school insisted that there were bugs in her hair. As soon as LiceDoctors treated her, the nurse checked and let her in immediately. This was the best money I ever spent.” Mary Anne D. Queens, NY
New York City Children Now Allowed Back In School After Treatment
We at LiceDoctors are often asked by parents in New York City what exactly is the New York City school lice policy and whether their children will be allowed into school the day after head lice treatment. The answer is: yes, children are admitted into school the day after we treat them for head lice and nits. In 2007, the NYC Department of Health/Department of Education School Health implemented a Head Lice Policy that allows students with nits in school. According to School Health, “Head lice are commonly found in children 3-12 years of age. While head lice may be unsightly and embarrassing, head lice do not pose a health hazard, do not transmit disease and are not a sign of uncleanliness.
The best way to prevent unwanted spread of head lice is through prompt treatment. Studies have shown that school-wide screenings for nits is time-consuming, costly and more often than not forces children to miss school unnecessarily because evidence of nits does not mean head lice infection. Children with nits may stay at school but children with live lice are not admitted until there are no live bugs. Under the new policy children with nits will be re-examined in 10-14 days to see if there are lice”.
Pros and Cons of No Nit Policy
There are pros and cons to the abolition of the “no nit” policy: ask any New York City school nurse about lice and school. It is true that head lice in NY is a leading cause of absenteeism and that by the time the case of lice is discovered it has usually been in the head for a few weeks. During this time, the student has been around other students thereby having ample opportunity to pass along the lice in school. Alternatively, for parents who actually eradicate lice in their child’s head, it can be unnerving knowing that a child with nits is allowed in the classroom. Keep in mind that nits are not contagious—only live bugs are. Having your child professionally treated with an in-home lice treatment company, implementing a follow-up plan, and using a lice repellent in the hair is the best way to keep your child lice-free no matter what the other children in the class do.
Give LiceDoctors a call if you find head lice in your child. We will have children back in school tomorrow.Contact A Lice Removal Specialist Now!