Please allow our community an open school board meeting to discuss the lice policy at RSU 10.
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Hartford Sumner Elementary School had a No Nit Policy in place for decades. In 2009 When HSES merged with RSU10, the lice policy was relaxed to allow children with lice eggs in their hair go back to school. The school no longer checks kids for lice unless they are "symptomatic" and if a student is found to have lice the school will not check other kids who share the same classroom nor will they send a note home to parents.
Here are the current recommendations from the State of Maine Advisory Committee: http://www.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.maine.gov%2Feducation%2Fedletrs%2F2003%2Filet%2Filet35.htm&h=tAQGSoJg- ;
Here is the current HSES school lice policy https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=834965346526101&set=oa.920000738028696&type=1.
These "recommendations" are not mandates and each school is allowed to make their independent decision. To my knowledge, our community has never been given an opportunity to openly discuss the lice policy or the new recommendations by the American Academy of Pediatrics. We ask to have that discussion now.
Here are the recommendations from the AAP: http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/126/2/392.full.html
My youngest son has contracted pediculosis from someone at his school 3 times since March 2014. The only warning we have that lice are going around in the school is when our child comes home with them. Parents need to know if their child has been exposed to lice because they are highly communicable to others. The treatments recommended are pesticides which are neither 100% safe nor effective. Early detection of head lice is a critical factor in controlling outbreaks, minimizing disruption and avoiding unnecessary exposures to pesticide treatments.
Those of us who are signing this petition ask the superintendent of schools and the school board to schedule an open school board meeting to discuss this further.
Here is an example of an educational and proactive no nit standard: http://www.headlice.org/downloads/nonitpolicy.htm
Thank you for your consideration,
The Undersigned of the RSU 10 Community
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