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Feb 15, 2016 1:50 PM

Head lice cases in Manchester public schools sparks policy debate

MANCHESTER - Manchester's public schools are facing new cases of head lice this year, an issue that has sparked much debate among school officials and parents.

According to the Union Leader, New Ward 5 School Board member Lisa Freeman said she's taken complaints from parents regarding the Board's new policy for lice infestation.

Last year, the board voted to back recommendations of the city's health authorities to adopt a new policy that no longer requires kids to immediately be sent home if they're found with lice, and instead allows school nurses and principals to decide when to send kids home at their discretion.

The policy also eliminated periodic lice examinations, and with this year's new cases, some school board members and parents are fighting to get the old procedures back.


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