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Bloomington Mother Challenges School's Head Lice Policy

Last updated on Tuesday, January 24, 2012

(BLOOMINGTON) - Crystal Carter is challenging her school district’s head lice policy, saying stricter rules are needed to prevent the spread of lice.

Carter blames her elementary-school daughter's repeated bouts with head lice on what she calls the Monroe County Community School Corporation's lax policy on lice.

For four years, the district has allowed children with nits - or lice eggs - to stay in school.

Carter is circulating a petition among parents in her child's school in hopes that the district will create a stricter head lice policy.

District Director of Student Services Becky Rose told the Herald-Times that she understands parents' concerns.

But Rose said that since lice do not carry any disease and are treatable, there's no real reason to exclude students from school.

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