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SaltineQueen specializes in School Nurse, past Med Surge.

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15 hours ago, NurseInTheHall said:

@Jedrnurse.... here you go!不

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I might put this in next month's newsletter!不

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Totally putting this on a t-shirt! I might make my principal one too

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pennyeary has 2 years experience as a CNA.

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On 9/30/2019 at 10:43 AM, AdobeRN said:

I am in Texas and someone had a bunch of time on their hands to actually get a law passed that for each case that a parent notifies me or if I find a casein a class we have to send a classroom letter home - so stupid and such a waste of time and energy on my end because I end up dealing witha handful of emails/calls and almost always a nasty/nosey neighborhood facebook post gets circulated.

I am in Texas as well. Are you telling me I should send a letter home with every parent that calls to tell me their child has lice??? or that their child's best friend has lice? nnnnnnnnnnnnnooooooooooooooooooooo just nnnnnnnnnnnooooooooooooooooo lol This is my biggest headache.

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6 minutes ago, pennyeary said:

I am in Texas as well. Are you telling me I should send a letter home with every parent that calls to tell me their child has lice??? or that their child's best friend has lice? nnnnnnnnnnnnnooooooooooooooooooooo just nnnnnnnnnnnooooooooooooooooo lol This is my biggest headache.

I only send the letter if a parent notifies me that their own kid has it/has been treated or if I find lice on a student. I don't go by rumors or by parents asking me to check other peoples kids in the class. Even though I think our district policy on lice is outdated, I have found if I stick to following it with every single reported case of lice it is better for me in the long run.

My personal opinion is that I am of the "don't ask, don't tell' mind set with lice - if you find out your kid has lice, treat it, be deligent on the treatment -getting ALL nits outand be done. It doesn't need to be a huge production/drama that some parentsmakeit out to be.

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8 minutes ago, AdobeRN said:

I only send the letter if a parent notifies me that their own kid has it/has been treated or if I find lice on a student. I don't go by rumors or by parents asking me to check other peoples kids in the class. Even though I think our district policy on lice is outdated, I have found if I stick to following it with every single reported case of lice it is better for me in the long run.

My personal opinion is that I am of the "don't ask, don't tell' mind set with lice - if you find out your kid has lice, treat it, be deligent on the treatment -getting ALL nits outand be done. It doesn't need to be a huge production/drama that some parentsmakeit out to be.

Our policy is also out dated we still have a no nit policy and I am 3 years in trying to get the board to change this policy but it is not going to happen. I even have staff checking students then sending to me when they find something. I have asked for hippa/ferpa reason that this not happen! I have only been sending letters if I found something, I will start sending when parents call about their own child.

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RNKT specializes in School Nurse.

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I am curious what school nurse say when parents ask what is the school doing to help control head lice?
If we follow the CDC, APA, DSHS,recommendation and allow students to be at schoolwith head lice, dont do classroom head checks, dont send letters home toalert parents, dont make classroom teachers aware, etc. I would love to know how you handle those angry parents when they ask whatwe are doing to help this problem. Furthermore, we all know that head liceis getting transmitted from kid to kid at school during those early school years. Little kids alwayshave head to head contact and dont understand to follow head lice precautions. I have read several articles claiming that head liceisnt being transmitted at school- I disagree withthis at the elementary age level.Why else are we seeing classrooms full of head lice?

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MrNurse(x2) has 28 years experience as a ADN and specializes in IMC, school nursing.

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10 minutes ago, RNKT said:

I am curious what school nurse say when parents ask what is the school doing to help control head lice?
If we follow the CDC, APA, DSHS,recommendation and allow students to be at schoolwith head lice, dont do classroom head checks, dont send letters home toalert parents, dont make classroom teachers aware, etc. I would love to know how you handle those angry parents when they ask whatwe are doing to help this problem. Furthermore, we all know that head liceis getting transmitted from kid to kid at school during those early school years. Little kids alwayshave head to head contact and dont understand to follow head lice precautions. I have read several articles claiming that head liceisnt being transmitted at school- I disagree withthis at the elementary age level.Why else are we seeing classrooms full of head lice?

It is not the place of the school to do what parents must. That should be the standard and universal response. Lice is a parent issue, and my son had lice from a friend of his who happened to be a classmate. It is not the school's position to bathe odiferous students and not its place to launder student's dirty clothes. Same category.

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SaltineQueen specializes in School Nurse, past Med Surge.

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24 minutes ago, RNKT said:

I am curious what school nurse say when parents ask what is the school doing to help control head lice?

"The school is suggesting parents check their child's head on a regular basis."

We don't have classrooms full of head lice. We have a fewisolated incidents. We have had children in different grades, who play together outside of school, end up with head lice. I tend to agree with the research that shows it's not happening at school.Do people really have classrooms full of head lice?

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29 minutes ago, SaltineQueen said:

"The school is suggesting parents check their child's head on a regular basis."

We don't have classrooms full of head lice. We have a fewisolated incidents.

Yep - this is basically what I tell parents when I am asked what the school is doing about an "infestation". Our classroom letter that gets sent home also suggests to parent to check their child's head on a regular basis.

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I was reading this thread this morning and while reading it, got a phone call from a dad who dropped f-bombs all over mebecause we don't do classroom checks any more. Great timing!

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CampyCamp has 18 years experience as a RN.

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21 hours ago, SaltineQueen said:

"The school is suggesting parents check their child's head on a regular basis."

We don't have classrooms full of head lice. We have a fewisolated incidents. We have had children in different grades, who play together outside of school, end up with head lice. I tend to agree with the research that shows it's not happening at school.Do people really have classrooms full of head lice?

Nope. I've got kids with years on chronic lice despite our nit free policy and never once seen it in a classmate despite some classes getting weekly screening checks.

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We have letters we send out in our district. The letter is a Notice of Head Lice. The letter notifies parents of 1 or more students in the class with head lice. It lets them know how to going about checking and treating students if found with head lice. Along with the letter are the Texas State Health Department and CDC guidelines for lice in schools. Last week I had 2 students in one class with head lice, due to this I sent the letters home to all of the students in class and did a classroom head check. I also informed my principal just in case parents call complaining. The students sent home for lice (district policy) are then brought back into clinic with a parent and I do a follow up head check to approve if they may return to class.

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