This trend toward more lenient lice policies has been met with generally positive reviews from school nurses across the region. One school nurse in Charlottesville maintains, " This policy makes sense. Kids were been kept out of school and lice are not dangerous. There are always kids around with lice and we often don't pick up a case til a child has been in school for weeks. Why keep selected kids from attending school."
The Albemarle County Public Schools and Stafford County Schools have recently dropped their “no nit” policies and allow students with nits to attend school. The emphasis is on educating parents on how to identify lice and nits and how to kill lice.
The trend toward eliminating “no nit” policies will likely continue, according to Karen Sokoloff, owner of LiceDoctors Head Lice Treatment and Nit Removal Service. "There are reasonable arguments to be made both in favor and against 'no nit" policies. While all children should be in school, parents who have invested time and money into successfully removing nits from their children's hair are understandably worried about their child being re-infested. An important point is that nits are not contagious, but it is very important for students with nits to be treated with a follow-up plan. In addition, to remove all lice and nits from the hair, involves hand-picking. If a couple of nits are left in the hair, the case will start up again.” LiceDoctors spends time educating parents on how to prevent lice in the future, what lice and nits look like, how to kill lice and remove nits, and what to do with the home.
To become educated about head lice, visit LiceDoctors' web site at www.licedoctors.com. LiceDoctors has an in-home lice treatment service that has successfully treated nearly 30,000 families using a natural lice treatment plan developed by their board-certified medical director 18 years ago. The company has the Better Business Bureau Seal of Approval and can be contacted in Charlottesville VA and surrounding areas at 434-202-3460. In Virginia, LiceDoctors also services Northern Virginia, Tidewater, and Richmond and can be reached at 800-224-2537.