The controversy concerning our district’s approach to head lice is becoming more widespread.
Janet Steffenhagen wrote about the issue in her Vancouver Sun blog, Report Card (see below)
No one wants their children infested with lice, so it is understandable that parents are reacting strongly to this issue.
And we’re listening. Staff are currently looking at our approach to head lice with partner groups. If there are improvements to be made, I’m confident that they will be. To see the current regulation regarding head lice click here.
What do you think needs to be done?
More than 100 people have signed a petition asking the board of education to again welcome the nitpickers into schools, who they say formed a first line of defence against an infestation. Furthermore, they say the district didn’t properly notify parents when it decided to change the policy and, as a result, many thought the nit checks were still occurring.
“We thought (students) were being checked once a month,” parent Jennifer Pratt said in an interview. “Nobody told us those checks had stopped.”