Ellicott City School Lice Policy

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Ellicott City schools have moved away from their “no nit” policy which stated, “If a child is found to have head lice, the parents/guardians will be notified. The child will only be readmitted to the program after the staff determines that the lice treatment has been effective and/or it has been 24 hours since the treatment began. A notice will be posted, along with a communicable disease fact-sheet.”

Currently the schools have adopted recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics which state:

“Routine checks of all students for lice is not recommended. Studies have found that they do not decrease the incidence of lice and are not proven to decrease the transmission. The interruptions and loss of class instruction is far more detrimental.”

Source: Northfield Elementary School