TGIF indeed. Here's my long story.
Yesterday I got a call from the elementary school principal in a panic because our local LTC facility had called to deny the 3rd Kindergarten class entry into the facility. A parent, who works there, said there was an "epidemic" of lice in the school. Fortunately my 2nd job is with our local hospital (which included the LTC) and I know the infection control nurse. So I called and said "Seriously? Lice can't jump or fly! Plus, there is NO epidemic". What has been happening is a that woman who spread the story is the mom of 3 kids who had head lice a few weeks ago. She treated on Friday and they went back to school on Monday and came home with live lice. She blamed that on the other kids at school - yeah, all 3 of her kids found another kid or kids who had head lice and sat next to them and lice jumped from one kid to another. Hey mom, maybe you missed some nits and they hatched. Sigh . . . .I got all the current scientific info, all the answers to the myths about lice, all the treatment options including the new one Sklice, a prescription and sent it to her weeks ago. The IC nurse thanked me and called the principal back and the kids got to go.
Then I went to our other elementary school and a Kindergarten teacher asked me to look at a kid who had been treated for lice but was scratching his head. I usually don't do this but this teacher is scared stiff of bugs. I called him off the playground and we went somewhere private and I looked and there was nothing! Later when I told the teacher, she said, "He comes up to me and puts his head against my side and gives me a hug and I just shudder". I wanted to shout . . . but I didn't. I said "lice don't jump or fly". They are holding firmly onto a hair shaft at the base of the hair so they can get a supply of blood to live on from the scalp. They only live an hour or two without that supply. They aren't scurrying around a person's hair.
Later I checked in with the 1st elementary school and I saw a Kindergarten student with a hair net. I asked her why she had that on and she mumbled something but a woman came up and said "because she went on a field trip to the LTC and needed to protect the residents". Not only was that wrong scientifically but it was wrong to single that little girl out - it violated her medical privacy. I'll bet whoever did it mentioned the word "lice" in front of the other kids.
The only way any child could transfer the lice to a resident would be to get into bed with them and rub heads all night long.
They can't jump from the hallway while the kids are walking by singing.
I haven't had that bad a lice day in a long time.
Vent over - but yeah, Kindergarten and 1st grade teachers can be big old scaredy cats.