Schools in Dearborn and Taylor do not have “no nit” head lice policies adhering to the current trend that advocates that those policies are ineffective at preventing or containing outbreaks of head lice.
At this time, MDCH and MDE recommend a policy that focuses on the exclusion of active infestations only. Active infestations can be defined as the presence of live lice or nits found within one quarter inch of the scalp. Nits that are found beyond one quarter inch of the scalp have more than likely hatched, or are no longer viable.
- Any student with live lice (or nits within one quarter inch of the scalp) may remain in school until the end of the school day (see recommended procedures, page 23). Immediate treatment at home is advised. The student will be readmitted to school after treatment and examination. If, upon examination, the school-designated personnel find no live lice on the child, the child may reenter the school.
- Any student with nits (farther than one quarter inch from scalp) should be allowed in school.
- Parents should remove nits daily and treat if live lice are observed.
Source: Michigan Head Lice Manual
• Head Lice:
Taylor School Corporation has a “no lice” policy. Students with alive and active head lice will be sent home. Students with nits or nit casings will also be sent home if they have not had a proven effective method of treatment prior to being found.
Continued exclusion from attending school with nits or nit casings will be at the discretion of the school nurse. Upon completion of treatment, the student is to be brought to the nurse by a parent for inspection before returning to class. They are not to ride the bus or attend school until cleared by the nurse. It is expected that students with head lice be treated and returned to school the following day.
NOTE: The American Association of Pediatrics and other organizations advocate that “no nit” policies should be discontinued because misdiagnosis is common, the burden outweighs the harm to the student and nits are cemented to hair shafts and are very unlikely to be transferred successfully to other people.
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