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Head lice procedure change heard by school board

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Changes to procedures regarding occurrences of head lice in the student population were explained to Bedford County Board of Education members at a study session March 27.

The Centers for Disease Control and the American Academy of Pediatrics have each issued recommendations which indicate the presence of "nits" in a child's hair which has been treated with a lice shampoo should not prevent school attendance.

Earlier procedures dictated that a lice-treating shampoo must be used and all live lice, eggs and nits must be removed before a child could return to school.

No changes to the board's policy were required to effect the procedure change.

Evaluationa

Changes to the current policy regarding teacher evaluations were suggested to reflect recent changes made by the State board of education. The revisions strike much of the old policy language and state, "The board adopts the TEAM evaluation model. The superintendent shall draft procedures to ensure that the model is implemented throughout the school system."

The policy changes also direct the superintendent of schools to develop procedures, consistent with state law, for processing evaluation grievances.

Staff training

A minor change in language was recommended, which removes the requirement that the school board specifically approve staff-development programs and schedules, and provides that they be simply be apprised of the schedules.


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