Head Lice a Pesky Problem in Schools

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If you haven't experienced it personally at school, you probably know someone who has.

Head lice outbreaks are not rare occurrences in schools. Eradication takes a lot of work, but it usually takes care of the problem. But, a Mandan parent says it's happened more than once this year, and it's getting annoying.

It's a lousy problem most parents would rather not talk about and sweep under the rug.

But for one Red Trail Elementary mom the nits are becoming more than just a nuisance.

Head lice a problem that's always been around in schools and may never go away.

But, for Tasha Sorenson they've become a reoccurring issue. she says her daughter has come home from Red Trail Elementary with lice three times since November and she's fed up.

"It's exhausting, late nights. She's exhausted the next day for school. I'm exhausted for work," said Sorenson.

Sorenson says she can't pinpoint the source.

"I don't know how it's spreading I have talked to a couple of parents while waiting for our kids and they said that it's a really big problem and nothing's happening," said Sorenson.

And, the tiny bugs scare her kindergartner "Cause I don't like bugs biting my hair and laying eggs so when they hatch become babies," said Kenadie Tackett.

The school district declined to comment and referred us to the North Dakota Department of Health, who says the bugs could be picked up anywhere.

"Was it something at school? Was it from a movie theater? Was it from an airplane? you know there are a lot of different scenarios where you could come in contact with something like that," said Renae Sisk, RN, North Dakota Department of Health school nurse consultant

Sisk says she isn't sure the how many students could have lice because the issue isn't reported.

"Because they don't cause any disease that's as really as simple as that," said Sisk.

Sisk says they don't use a no nit policy, because getting rid of lice could take weeks. Students can be allowed back the next day if they've been treated properly.

"Don't split it amongst siblings and stuff like that. We want them to follow those directions and as long as they've done that they should be able to go back," said Sisk.

Sorenson says she'd like to see the no nit policy put back in place to help relieve some headaches.