Possible Lice Outbreak Has Some Concerned With How Schools Notify Parents

Published: Apr. 10, 2016 at 6:38 PM CDT
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One parents concern about an alleged outbreak of super lice going around Ector County schools has many questioning the way the district deals with the contagious bugs.

Three years schools across Texas stopped sending kids home for lice. Schools across the state deal with head lice on a case by case basis because the Texas Department of Health Services says lice is not considered a health threat.

Imo Jean Douglas, Health Services Supervisor with Midland ISD says that they are concerned about students being called out or ostracized for having head lice and that the benefit of doing mass classroom checks is not warranted.

Whenever a student is believed to have lice they are given a private exam by the school nurse and a letter is sent home to their parents with written information explaining how to get rid of lice.

CBS 7 learned that Pease Elementary sent home a letter on Friday warning parents of a lice outbreak.

ECISD spokesman Mike Adkins tells CBS 7 that he was not aware of the action and will be speaking to the principal ask why this was done.