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Goleta Union schools could change head lice policy

By Joe Buttitta, KEYT - KCOY - KKFX Anchor/Reporter, jbuttitta@keyt.com
Published On: Feb 06 2013 09:09:58 PM CST
Updated On: Feb 06 2013 11:55:56 PM CST

Goleta Union School District is holding a board meeting to determine whether a change in lice policy will get students back in class quicker.

GOLETA, Calif. -

Goleta Union School District is holding a board meeting to determine whether a change in the districts hair lice policy is needed.

The proposed lice plan is aimed at getting students back in class sooner. It would also change the notification process for parents.

Many parents and teachers feel the changes in the school lice policy will make it harder on parents to prevent and contain an outbreak.

Goleta Union has since changed some of the wording in the proposal to ease parents' worries. The district insists the new plan will have student back in class sooner once active hair lice is dead.

"We want to keep children in school and lower the stigma that happens for children when they are held out of school for many, many days," said Assistant Superintendent Margaret Saleh.

Medical experts said, if treated properly, lice can be killed immediately and students can be back in school without missing much class.

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