In schools across America, there are children whose scalps have become itchy, sexual playgrounds for blood-sucking, parasitic insects known as lice. This has happened throughout history and schools used to send these kids home so they wouldn't spread the bugs to other children. That's changed recently, because schools say kids were getting embarrassed. Now parents are left with one inevitable question: Is saving the other kid's ego worth risking your own child's pristine scalp?
Schools say it is. They've begun relaxing rules about sending itchy kids home and not sending a note (that note) alerting other parents that one of the tiny humans that shares classrooms with their own children has parasitic insects in their hair.
"Lice is icky, but it's not dangerous ... It's not infectious, and it's fairly easy to treat." Deborah Pontius, the school nurse for the Pershing County School District in Lovelock, Nev. told the AP. Pontius's policy is in line with the American Academy of Pediatrics and the National Association of School Nurses, who adopted policies in 2010 and 2011 that try not to hurt lice-infested kids' feelings.
The CDC estimates there are up to 12 million head lice infestations in children aged 3-to-11 each year, and says that the insects are spread by direct contact with people who are infected.