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The great lice debate: More schools are abolishing 'no-nit' policies and choosing not to send students home


The great lice debate is heating up this fall, with talk of so-called “super lice” and more school districts scrapping the old practice of sending children home until there’s no trace of the parasite.

Many school districts in Minnesota and elsewhere now let stricken students stay in class instead of missing school for days on end.

“It’s not causing disease. It’s not causing health complications,” Cindy Hiltz, a nurse and health services coordinator for the Anoka-Hennepin School District, said of the itchy bug that strikes an estimated 6 million to 12 million children nationwide every year.


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