"Lice Lockdown" at one East Texas school
POSTED: Wednesday, February 6, 2013 - 11:32pm
UPDATED: Saturday, February 9, 2013 - 11:20am
Tyler, Texas (KETK) — KETK received a message from a concerned parent regarding a lice outbreak in the school her child attends, Trinity Lutheran, the concerned parent writes:'
"Yesterday when dropping my child off at school I saw a sign at the check in computer regarding head lice. I immediately asked my child's teacher about it and the teacher stated they would be checking all the children. I went off to work and prayed that they would not find any in my child. I picked my child up to see that the number of cases listed on the sign and the amount of classrooms it had spread to were higher than I'd seen that morning. Luckily it had not affected my child. I was thankful that they did their due diligence in checking each child. I am hopeful that they are cleaning every nook and cranny of the school and keeping anyone that has come in contact with it home for the amount of time required by doctors. Trinity Lutheran is a good school and I know it can happen anywhere, so I don't blame anyone there. I am thankful that they at least kept us informed, and didn't try to hide it.”
This concerned parent wanted to make sure the school was doing everything in its power to clean up and keep the problem from spreading. KETK made some calls and investigated the problem, and learned that Trinity Lutheran send out this email to parents:
Grace and peace be to you through our risen Lord and Savior Jesus the Christ! We were informed Tuesday, February 5th, early in the morning, that one of our teachers had lice. Upon hearing this we put the school in what we call a Lice Lockdown. During our Lice Lockdown we check every head of staff and children. If we find another case of lice that individual is sent home to treat their hair and cannot come back until the following day. In every classroom our teachers roll up carpets, and send to be washed in hot water anything with a porous service. The kitchen staff washed all of these items in separate loads by classrooms so that there would not be cross contamination. Teachers send napping items home to be washed and brought back. We do this in every classroom regardless if there was an incident of lice or not. This week we will be asking parents to take nap things home everyday just to be on the safe side! During our head check we discovered that two students and four teachers also had lice. They were immediately sent home to treat their hair and have returned today. Throughout the week we will continue to check heads. We encourage you to also check your child's hair at night especially if you see them itching. Please call and let us know if your child comes down with lice when they are not at school. One of the local television stations called us today on a anonymous tip that we had a lice outbreak. Let me remind you that we have had only two students and five teachers with lice who were all treated immediately. The TV station's information was not correct. If you have any further questions please do not hesitate to call me. In Christ, Aimee Schutz Trinity Lutheran Church 2001 Hunter Street | Tyler, TX Phone: 903.593.1526 | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Pharmacist, Dr. David Davis from Goods Medicine Chest in Tyler explains that lice spreads fast and is difficult to treat, he says, "It's just very very hard to get rid of, once one child has the lice in their hair they can give it to the other child, and then the next child and the next child, it only takes just a few to get into the hair they reproduce very fast and then all of a sudden you've got a head full of lice."
Davis says your hair isn't the only thing you need to treat, he says things like, bedding, furniture and clothes need to be treated as well and he says no one should go to school if they have lice, unless they have been treated and checked repeatedly.