Here, as in any other school, we deal with headlice. Our policy states that we send students home for two days, during these two days we expect that they get treated and the house (beds, blankets, clothes, toys) gets cleaned out and everything else washed.
Throught the school year, we have had reoccuring cases of headlice. For me personally, I have had a hard time sending students home for the two days for each offence. This may lead to a student being absent many days due to lice. The other issue i have a hard time with, is that it is not the students fault and in the end they are the ones that are suffering (stigmatized from the classmates, missing time, etc).
On the other hand, there are many parents who work very diligently to ensure that their childs heads are clean of lice. I can appreciate the fact that parents want students in their child's class to also be clean of lice. If a parent discovers lice in their child's hair and summize that is was contracted from school, then they are upset and feeling the school is the problem. We here at CHSMES do not want to be a place were lice is spread, as we do our best to ensure that all areas are cleaned and disenfected on a daily basis.
So, I ask all of you for your feedback as the best way to deal with topic:
Do you think sending the child home for two days is adequate? (what if they only have knits and no actaul bugs in their hair? Is that a different scenario all together?)
Is it possible to create a parent support group in the community that could help support the families get everything cleaned out. (this is tough as we wont disclose students names, so it would have to be a parent/guardian asking for help in a non-judgmental way) Perhaps if there is a group that could give me their name(s) i will pass it on if we find students with lice.
One of the things I hate is making the phone call to parents informing them their child has lice... Hate that part of the job!!!
Thanks and I look forward to reading responses:
Please remember to email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) or inbox me privately on facebook (as i dont want it to be a open discussion but would rather get private feedback and summarize it and give the responses as one message... sometimes messages on facebook can be misinterpreted and I dont want that to happen).