Let's speak up against the new Upper Merion School District Head Lice Policy
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The Upper Merion Area School District is not allowing parents to take preventative measures to decrease the chances of their children or household being infected with head lice.
I'm not sure if many of you know but our school district is changing the head lice policy. Head lice is rampant in our local schools and daycares as it is every year. When children come home with lice, they are exposing the lice to their families and friends, who then carry it to other classrooms, workplaces, and public places.
I was told by Bridgeport Elementary this year that if another child in your child's class have lice, they do not need to notify you, or ask you to check your child's hair. Not knowing that your child has been exposed to head lice is ludicrous and unfair to both children and families.
In addition to this, the cost and time of head lice treatment can add up quickly. Not to mention cost of preventative lice treatment is very costly. Exposing our children to lice killing chemicals once a month can be harmful, and eventually create "superbugs" that cannot be killed by store bought lice killing shampoo. Our family and another family in my daughters class just recently has spent tons of time and money on lice preventative treatment, as well as lice killing treatments just this week when we noticed our children had like. Another student in my daughters class had head lice a few weeks earlier and myself and the other parents were never notified.
Although most view lice as harmless, it is important to note that they can harbor bacteria that cause infections. Children that are constantly scratching at their heads can also damage the skin and be at risk for infection. Children are innocent, even when informed on lice they still give hugs and share hats and want to hang jackets next to each other. If we can take the preventative measures to stop lice in its tracks by notifying the parents when there is a case just as we have for decades, then there would be less worry.
While the CDC reports that head lice do not jump and cannot live without their source ( your head), the louse (adult head lice) survive for 24 hours off the head and can crawl onto another source within that amount of time. The CDC also states that head lice are most transferred in schools and daycares.
Please sign this petition to let UMSD how much our community NEEDS this policy to be revised. Children should not be at school with lice, constantly exposing and re-exposing other children. Once a child has been identified as having head lice, we SHOULD be notified. This is a common policy across the nation, and makes the most sense .
Even if you do not have contact with any of the children that attend a Upper Merion School District School please consider signing this petition anyway. Try to think of all the places you go where a child has been. For example, a movie theater chair, a fitting room, public transportation, a restaurant booth... THIS AFFECTS ALL OF US!
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