I work in a private (religious) school with a significant population of people from a country where having lice is regarded very casually. My school is strict about its no lice or nits policy.
I have a family in the school with three children who all came w. a LOT of nits. The family just moved to this country and I'm sure the parents are overwhelmed w. unpacking and getting the kids settled in, but I have not seen the daily decrease in nits that I was hoping for (in order to get the elementary child to make it to class on the first day I asked them to come back after I finished checking all the other students [my school requires a 'no nits' letter from the nurse to be admitted to class....], and I then picked through her hair for 1.5 hours to get her nit-free.....This was after her mom said she had used a lice treatment product and "spent hours" combing through her hair.)
Anyway, this family has three older children at another private religious school a mile away. That school also has lice checks and I am pretty stunned that the children at that school passed, based on what I see in the heads of the kids at my school. I know the school nurse there a bit and am wondering if there is a way to drop her a hint about maybe she should look at this family's kids again to recheck? I told the mom at my school that she needed to recheck her older kids and she said she would, but she could just be telling me what I want to hear
I know I can't call and say,"you should recheck the Smith family", but is there anything I could/should do?
Thanks so much for any input. I have only had a week on the job and want to do things correctly
Sep 20, '11
this is a great website with good information about head lice and other bugs.
no, as others have stated you can't contact the other school nurse.
this is not an emergency - although you do have to use science to get through the long-standing fear of head lice. be prepared for a battle but get all the info you can to prove your point. it is changing all over the country. the "no-nit" policy is antiquated and not scientific.
the nasn (national association of school nurses) has a great statement on this as well. just google nasn
and search for "lice".
i'm new at this job - but i've been told to never do head lice checks and never comb out nits. that is not our job.
also, we don't send out parent letters until there are 5 or more kids in a classroom with lice. lice do not jump.
Last edit by Spidey's mom on Sep 22, '11