Kids with lice allowed to go to school in Honolulu starting next year

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — If you have children who are school-aged, you’ve at least talked about lice before.

If your kid has it, you know have to take them out of school until it is gone — but not in Honolulu. That district has a new, different policy.

Starting next year, students on the island can come to class, even if they have lice. Hawaii Department of Education officials say they based their policy on CDC guidelines.

Even doctors with the American Academy of Pediatrics don’t think children should have to stay at home because of lice.

This is Honolulu’s policy:

  • The school will notify parents if their child has lice.
  • The student can stay in class if the parent is not able or doesn’t want to pick the child up.
  • The student will go back to class and remain in school until the end of the day.

News 4 did a poll asking if viewers would want their child in school if they had lice. 93 percent said no, while only seven percent said they wouldn’t mind.

Along with this, News 4 did another poll asking parents if they would let their children go to school with lice, if it were allowed. 97 percent voted “never,” while 3 percent said they would. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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