Head lice at school. Hearing those words makes a teacher shudder. Every school seems to have their own take on how to deal with head lice. I’ve worked at schools where students were immediately sent home until all the nits were gone. Another school allowed students to stay in school with live lice. Yet another school allowed students to return with nits, but not with live lice.
Let me start by saying this – I am NOT a doctor. (Obviously, right?) But I AM a teacher. And I just happen to be a teacher who dealt with head lice on 50 different occasions in one school year. One student had is 40 times. Seriously. At that point, I quit counting. I know he had it more, but it wasn’t worth counting. Sigh.
I saw parents shave their students head at the first word of a lice outbreak taking place within their child’s school. Teachers would scramble to find creative ways to keep the lice away from other children, while ensuring not to exclude the child who had the lice. The younger the students, the harder this can be! (I know – the year I was talking about above? I was teacher Kinders. Another sigh from me her.)
So what is a teacher to do when they hear of lice in the school – or worse, their own classroom?