A new Texas law requires school officials to send notices to parents of elementary school students once a child in their class is found to have head lice. Dreamstime/TNS TNS
A new Texas law requires school officials to send notices to parents of elementary school students once a child in their class is found to have head lice. Dreamstime/TNS TNS

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New head lice law: Schools must tell parents if a classmate has the awful insects

By Anna M. Tinsley

atinsley@star-telegram.com

September 08, 2017 07:36 PM

Texas parents: Are you worried about your youngest children getting lice from a classmate?

If so, you’ve now got one less thing to worry about.

Texas lawmakers made sure that a piece of a new law, Senate Bill 1566, requires school officials as of Sept. 1 to send notices to parents of elementary school students once a child in their class is found to have head lice.

The child with lice doesn’t have to be identified, but the notices do have to include ways recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to treat and prevent head lice — and they should go out no later than 48 hours after a school official or nurse learns about the lice.

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Donate the money?

More than 16,000 people have signed a petition asking Donald Trump Jr. to donate the $100,000 he will receive for speaking at an Oct. 24 University of North Texas event to Hurricane Harvey victims.

Trump, the oldest son of President Donald Trump, will give a 30-minute speech and participate in a 30-minute question-and-answer session. His travel, hotel and meals will be paid for by the college as well, up to $5,000.

The Care2 petition calls on Trump Jr. to “to donate the $100k he will receive for his University of Texas speech to hurricane victims,” particularly since his father “is wreaking havoc on our civil liberties, environment, and freedoms.”

Meanwhile, a planned Sept. 27 Dallas fundraiser for the president has been canceled because of Harvey, according to a local person who received an invitation to the event.

Listen to this

State Rep. Chris Turner, D-Grand Prairie, is holding a town hall to talk about this year’s legislative sessions and issues ranging from public schools to transportation to health coverage.

The meeting is 1-2:30 p.m. Sept. 16 at the Arlington Municipal Airport, 5000 South Collins St. in Arlington.

For more information, contact Turner’s office at 817-459-2800 or chris.turner@house.texas.gov.

New appointments

President Donald Trump recently named five candidates to fill federal district court vacancies in Texas.

The announcement drew quick praise from Republican Sens. John Cornyn and Ted Cruz of Texas. A look at the nominees:

Walter David Counts III, for the United States District Court for the Western District of Texas – Midland-Odessa Division; Karen Gren Scholer, for the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas – Dallas Division; Matthew J. Kacsmaryk, for the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas – Amarillo Division; Jeff Mateer, for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas – Sherman Division; and Fernando Rodriguez Jr., for the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas – Brownsville Division.

“I am proud to support the nominations of these principled men and women to the federal bench,” Sen. Cruz said.

“I’m confident these nominees will serve Texans well on the bench by faithfully applying the law, and I hope the Senate will move quickly to confirm them,” Cornyn added.

Anna Tinsley: 817-390-7610, @annatinsley