Lice are tiny brown and gray parasites that can cause itching and scratching, especially on areas of the body that are covered with hair (typically the scalp, neck, and behind the ears.)
Go to the National Pediculosis Association for more information on signs and symptoms, description, incubation, prevention, and treatment of head lice.
School health regulations are set by the town or region's school board, unless the regulation is mandated by state or federal law. If you have concerns about how your child's school is managing a lice infestation problem, first talk to your school nurse, then to the principal, and then after these channels have been explored, contact your town's superintendent or school board.
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