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Head Lice Found in Moorhead Schools

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There's an itchy and frustrating situation going on in some Moorhead schools -- Lice has taken over some of the classrooms, and some parents have said they aren't happy with how the school is handling the situation.

One parent we spoke with said her child has had lice twice in the past two weeks but has never received any notices of a lice problem from the school. Now, looking through her daughter's hair has become a daily routine for Bobbie Holbrook.

"She came home with an itching head," Holbrook explained. "I checked hair and found something in it last Friday."

Then, one week later and after hundreds of dollars in lice medicine, her daughter Layla
came home with the itch again.

"It's hard," Holbrook said. "I even cut her hair."

Kim Wibbles says she found lice in her daughter's hair as well.

"Obviously it's bad," Wibbles told us. "I went to Wal-Mart, and they said [lice medicine] was flying off the shelves."

Both parents, whose children attend Ellen Hopkins Elementary, claim the school never notified them of the problem -- but according to a school nurse with the Moorhead school district, notifying the parents of kids in the affected class and sending out a letter on how to remove the lice is something the school should do.

Moorhead school nurse Missy Jacobsen says parents need to educate their children on how to prevent themselves from getting lice -- for example, by not sharing brushes, hats, or ponytails binders.

Still, Holbrook believes the school could do more to prevent other families from having the same bills she's had. "I need [the schools] to start paying attention..." Holbrook says. "I can't afford this."

Holbrook also says she wishes the school would check children's hair before allowing them  back into school, though the school nurse says they do check children's hair five or six days after they've returned to class, since that is about how long it takes for new eggs to appear. 

Finally, the Moorhead school nurse would like to remind parents that the classroom is not the only place a child can come into contact with lice; after school activities, sports, and sleepovers are also common sources.

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