Indian Ridge Middle School Mom Says YISD Isn’t Doing Enough To Fix Lice Problem At School
A student at Indian Ridge Middle School has gone home with lice three times in two months, and her mother said the school hasn't done enough to keep parents in the loop on this problem.
Claudia says her 12-year-old daughter had bites on the back of her head and she found out one of her daughter's friends had lice. Claudia says she believes her daughter is catching lice at school because none of her other kids have gotten them.
School districts don't have to let parents know about a lice infestation because a state law says it isn't considered a public health risk.
The Ysleta Independent School District told KFOX14 that eight kids at Indian Ridge had possible lice symptoms this year. YISD says they will check a few students at Indian Ridge and the school nurse will remind teachers about lice protocol at the school.
SYMPTOMS OF LICE:
1. Nits, or lice eggs, and lice on the hair, nape of the neck, and behind the ears. Lice are white, brown, or dark gray. Nits are tiny and round or oval. They don't move up and down on the hair.
2. If the skin is already damaged there might be sores on the scalp that weep clear fluid or have crusted over. Lymph nodes behind the ears and in the neck may become tender and swollen.
WAYS YOU GET LICE:
1. Direct head-to-head contact.
2. Lice can survive for a short period on personal items, so don't let your kids share hairbrushes.
HOW TO GET RID OF LICE:
1. Mayonnaise, white vinegar, or tea tree oil can be used to try and get rid of lice, but experts say you should use an over-the-counter, medicated treatment as your first line of defense.
2. Extremely fine-toothed combs can be used, but you'll have to get every single louse and nit out, which could take some time and patience.