Nov 15, 2005
Schools are coming under increasing pressure from
parents to send home children infested with headlice.
The Principals' Federation says parents are losing
tolerance in some cases over what they see as the
failure of other families to treat their children.
In a recent case a Northland school refused a
mother's demand to have some children sent home after
her own daughter was continually reinfected.
The Principals' Federation says the Education Act
allows for children with lice to be precluded or sent
But it says Education Ministry guidelines warn that
prolonged preclusion would be an unusual and drastic
action and could breach a child's rights.