That four letter word: Lice #sol19


Lice. That one word can make just about anyone start itching. As I wrote this post, my scalp began to crawl and I had to stop myself from scratching my head.

The school nurse came to check one of my kids and as soon as I realized what she was going to do, I started to feel itchy. This student’s little sister had lice, so this student needed to be checked. Luckily, this student was the only one in my room at the time, so there was a good degree of privacy for her. Unfortunately, though, the nurse quickly discovered lice and the student immediately started to tear up. My heart went out to her.  I don’t think that she’d ever experienced lice before and I could see the embarrassment on her face.

We have a kind, sympathetic nurse and I really got to see her in action with this student. She did a wonderful job of consoling the student while explaining what would be done to eradicate the lice. She also reassured the student that no one else needed to know that she had lice and that she could either finish her lesson with me while she waited for her mom to pick her up or she could wait in the office. She decided to stay with me and did an admirable job of pulling herself together. I was proud of how she got to work and we had a productive lesson that resulted in one of the best pieces of writing that I’ve ever seen from her.

When our session was over, she quickly and quietly retrieved her backpack from her locker and headed to the office. She seemed resigned to the situation and I hope that the treatment works in a timely fashion. We’ve got a lot of reading and writing to do!

9 thoughts on “That four letter word: Lice #sol19

  1. Adrienne

    I was itching all the way over here. The OregonHealth Department has changed the rules (laws?) and now kids with lice are not to be excluded from school. We all have mixed feelings about this. I hope your kiddo is back soon.


  2. Stacey Shubitz

    The l-word is dreaded among parents and teachers alike. It’s something we all fear.

    I’m glad your student’s lice was discovered with some privacy so she wasn’t embarrassed in front of her peers.


  3. Terje

    Lice is very common in educational facilities. It’s almost inevitable. Fortunately it is very easy to treat nowadays. The child will be fine and back soon.


  4. margaretsmn

    I am interested in the different policies around lice. One school I’m in did a whole school check today, all out in the open. Another school I’m in has eliminated whole school lice checks. I know last year (at another school) one of students had to miss 3 days before returning. She ended up missing the whole week because it triggered anxiety over bullying. I don’t know what the solution is. I am glad your nurse handled it with care, as did you.


  5. Lisa Corbett

    Ugh! We’ve been lucky this year in my class, but we aren’t always so. So far, so good at home though. We do whole school checks, with some spot c checks in-between as necessary. It doesn’t seem to upset most kids when they have to go home.


  6. theapplesinmyorchard

    Once I saw the word ‘lice’ I had to read your post. I sit on one of our district BOE committees and we just reviewed the guidelines for addressing students with lice. Since my background is in healthcare, I investigated the sources of where the recommendations were coming from. Treatment of lice hasn’t changed, since I practiced as a CPNP, and I don’t think the unfortunate stigmatism has either, but how schools are managing it does seem to be changing, at least in this part of the country. I am glad your nurse is kind….and so are you!



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