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San Antonio School Lice Policy

Updated on May 21, 2017

“My daughter has missed 3 days of school. She can’t afford to miss any more, but the nurse won’t let her back. I treated her with that chemical shampoo and combed for hours but the nurse keeps finding a few more nits every day. What is the policy for getting children into school when they have had head lice?  Why can’t I get rid of those eggs?”  Dee R. in San Antonio Dee’s situation regarding head lice help in San Antonio is very common and the answer is two-pronged.  Regarding question #1, the answer is that in San Antonio and neighboring areas, as well as in all of Texas, the head lice policies vary from school district to school district. The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) maintains on their web site that,  “…(DSHS) does not recommend a “no nit” policy.  We do recognize, however, that school districts may adopt one as a local option.” Basically, the policy leaves the decision of whether to allow children to return to school with nits up to each school district. Children with live lice cannot return to school.  The DSHS goes on to say, however, that “the law is the minimum; the school or district can create stricter guidelines by developing written policies that…protect school nurses, teachers and other school staff and…create peace of mind for administrators and parents…”

Active Cases of Head Lice May Prevent Return To School

In other words, schools will prohibit children with active cases of head lice (live bugs) to return to school as those children are contagious. Some districts in San Antonio will allow children into school with nits, many will not. To answer the question of why this parent, as well as many, many others are not successful in eliminating nits from the hair: there are a few reasons. First of all, nits camouflage in the hair and are very difficult to find. Second, when nits are first laid, they are very tiny and are even easier to miss than full grown nits. Third, many parents rely on the over-the-counter or prescription lice treatments, which often do not work. Bugs have developed a resistance to the chemicals and nits have a very hard layer which chemicals do not pierce. In other words, head lice cases are best left up to a professional.

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