Schools to no longer send lice ridden children home - KFDA - NewsChannel 10 / Amarillo News, Weather, Sports

Schools to no longer send lice ridden children home

AMARILLO - Schools all over Texas will no longer send children home if they have head lice.

It will make your head itch just thinking about it, but the Texas Department of State Health Services says head lice can not make you sick, and therefore it should not interfere with school attendance.

"Academics are very very important, and because it's not a communicable disease, there's no reason for children not to be in school," Amarillo Independent School District's Director of Health Programs Brenda Adams said.

Adams says school nurses are trained to recognize lice, and parents will be notified when their child contracts them. It's simply no longer mandatory for those kids to leave class.

From now on, parents will be advised to treat their child's head and bring them to school the next day.

Amanda Homen has a nine-year-old daughter in an Amarillo School, and thinks this is the wrong approach.

"I could bring my kid home tomorrow with head lice, and go out and spend the money or whatever to get rid of it, and if they're not sending kids home with it, she's just going to come home again the next day with the problem all over again," Homen said.

Homen was sent home with lice when she was 16, and stayed home for two weeks. She says she tried just about everything to get rid of them.

"Rid, Nix, mayonnaise under a cap, vinegar under a cap, we even tried egg whites," Homen said.

But what finally worked was hair dye with a high ammonia content.

The health department only recommends FDA approved treatments which include Rit and Nix, The two lice shampoos you'll find at just about any pharmacy. Amarillo ISD has options for parents who can't afford the approved products.

"We have grant dollars that we basically send the parent to the pharmacist and have the pharmacist work with the parent," Adams said.

The National Academy of Pediatrics, and the National Association of School Nurses back the state's decision, but it's left many parents scratching their heads.

ADVERTISEMENT
Bookmark and Share
  • Today's Local News HeadlinesToday's Local NewsMore>>

  • Suspect in Hall County now in custody

    Suspect in Hall County now in custody

    Monday, November 20 2017 11:51 PM EST2017-11-21 04:51:35 GMT

    The Hall County Sheriff's Office says a suspect wanted out of Parker County is now in custody. 

    The Hall County Sheriff's Office says a suspect wanted out of Parker County is now in custody. 

  • Amarillo, Canyon expanding online presence

    Amarillo, Canyon expanding online presence

    Monday, November 20 2017 10:38 PM EST2017-11-21 03:38:22 GMT
    Source: amarillo.govSource: amarillo.gov

    Amarillo and Canyon are going through major online upgrades to connect with their residents in more user friendly ways.    after months of planning and work in the city's IT department, the city of Amarillo has officially launched a new website staff says is much easier to navigate for residents and visitors of all ages.    the main page allows you to check in on the latest city projects and announcements, and there are large tabs that can help pay bills, search ...

    Amarillo and Canyon are going through major online upgrades to connect with their residents in more user friendly ways.    after months of planning and work in the city's IT department, the city of Amarillo has officially launched a new website staff says is much easier to navigate for residents and visitors of all ages.    the main page allows you to check in on the latest city projects and announcements, and there are large tabs that can help pay bills, search ...

  • Randall County Sheriff's Office reporting phone scam

    Randall County Sheriff's Office reporting phone scam

    Monday, November 20 2017 10:14 PM EST2017-11-21 03:14:03 GMT
    SOURCE: KFDASOURCE: KFDA

    The Randall County Sheriff's Office is receiving reports of a familiar phone scam being tried again in our area. 

    The Randall County Sheriff's Office is receiving reports of a familiar phone scam being tried again in our area. 

Powered by Frankly