New Hampshire wants to ‘destigmatize’ head lice, for some reason

New Hampshire wants to ‘destigmatize’ head lice, for some reason

The Manchester, New Hampshire School Board is mulling policy changes  that would allow more students with head lice to remain in class, the New Hampshire Union Leader reported.Current Manchester schools  policy requires students with head lice to be sent home immediately, to  prevent the bugs and eggs from spreading.

But the New Hampshire Department  of Education website says “‘no nit’ policies contribute to the stigma  created around lice.” The policy revision — to be discussed at Monday  night’s meeting — would bring Manchester schools more in line with state  policy, the Union Leader reported.

According to the N.H.  Department of Education website, “The student should be allowed to  remain in the classroom that day if comfortable and return to school the  following day. School staff need to ensure student confidentiality is  maintained and should not segregate or in any way embarrass the child.  There is no research data that demonstrates that enforced exclusion  policies are effective in reducing the transmission of lice.”

But some parents don’t want the current Manchester schools policy to change.

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