My daughter, year 3, sits right beside a girl in her class who has a really bad case of nits. When it became clear that nothing was being done, I approached her teacher on the matter. She said that the girl’s parents had been informed, as well as the “proper authorities” at the school, but the parents had opted to do nothing about them.
The teacher said that the law of the state in which we live prohibits removing a child from class because of nits. (I checked the law, and she is correct.). I feel awful for the poor girl with nits crawling all over her head, as well as leaving bites all over her neck, chest and arms, but I am also terrified that my daughter will eventually catch them from her, and I am surprised that she hasn’t already. The girl has had lice for a minimum of three months, and probably much longer than that, because she was already completely infested when my daughter started at this school. I should also mention that having to buy nit medicine for our family of five would be a financial hardship for us, which adds to my concern.
Is there anything to be done in this situation ? And if so, what? When should I intervene on my child’s behalf? Thanks.
Posted anonymously, 20th November 2014