We're in the midst of an issue with my dd's public school. She had headlice on Thursday 9 days ago and we treated her immediately and thoroughly. It was pretty bad and we spent much time combing. When we returned her to school on Monday, nits still remained. We combed more, did a vinegar rinse, and returned on Tuesday. Still there. At this point I did some research and found that CDC and AAP discourage "no-nit" policies. I wrote the principal and school nurse to ask for an exception, and outlined our treatment plan. I suggested we keep her home until the next Tuesday, at that point she'll have been lice-free for 12 days. Nits hatch 7 days after being laid, but none of the nits actually hatched (we're still combine just to make sure). The principal said no, it's a district policy and therefore she can not return to school until there are no more nits in her hair.
The biggest problem for me now is that I will not sit for 5 hours to pick every single nit out with my fingers. Because they are DEAD and it's unnecessary. It's not that I can't do it, it's that I refuse to waste our time doing that.
What do we do? She's now missed 6 days of school over this! I do hope that when the nurse checks her this Tuesday she'll just ok her, since biologically speaking there is no way that any of them are still alive. But if she doesn't, what do we do? We've come up with some options, and I would love your feedback on them, or any additional ideas:
- write the superintendent to request the exception
- ask to see the actual written policy "so we may know exactly what it is we need to adhere to" or something like that (ie: is there a loophole? Is the policy truly a district policy?)
- pull her out and homeschool her, which is the plan for next year? She'd be devastated about missing the end of school though, which is why we haven't really planned that route.
Thank you so much, this is really frustrating to me!