More lenient school lice policies bug some parents

WASHINGTON (AP) — Some
parents are scratching their heads over less restrictive head lice
policies that allow children with live bugs in their hair to return to
the classroom.

Some school nurses are no longer sending home “lice
notes” to parents of other children in the classroom. The policy shift
is designed to help keep children from missing class, shield children
with lice from embarrassment and protect their privacy.

Deborah
Pontius, the school nurse for the Pershing County School District in
Lovelock, Nev., says lice are not dangerous or infectious, and they're
easy to treat.

She says that by the time a child is sent to the
nurse, classmates already would have been exposed and there's little
additional risk. Once home, the parent would treat the child.