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Parents in Frankfort concerned about head lice outbreak

Parents in Frankfort are concerned about their children coming home with head lice. According to several reports, this has been an ongoing issue.

Posted: Apr 12, 2019 6:31 PM
Updated: Apr 13, 2019 12:19 PM

FRANKFORT, Ind(WLFI)—Kids at Blue Ridge Elementary in Frankfort have been coming home with head lice and parents aren't happy about it.

Parents like Jennifer Davis said the school is refusing to address the issue and she's tired of seeing her child come home with lice.

“My daughter’s first kindergarten year she was infested with lice five times,” said Davis. “This year so far, she was infested six.”

An issue she said has been addressed multiple times to Blue Ridge Elementary school.

“The phone calls and stopping at the school was not making a difference,” said Davis.

She said the school refuses to notify the parents. Instead, they identify the lice and just send the child home.

“I’ve helped a couple times this year,” said Davis. “And every single time, I’ve seen bugs on a child and I’ve been asked not to say anything.”

Davis took matters into her own hands by creating a petition.

“The petition was to try and get attention to the school-board of the Frankfort Schools,” said Davis.

The Indiana State Department of Health does not endorse a head lice policy for any school. Which leaves the discretion of head checking for head lice up to the superintendent.

“They don’t do it anymore,” said Davis. “They don’t want to embarrass anybody, they don’t want to offend and, well it’s offensive to me to bring bugs home.”

Gearald Gartzke is one of the parents who has signed the petition. He experienced the same reaction from the school after bringing the problem to their attention.

“I talked to the school about it,” said Gartzke. “The school didn’t send no notes home, didn’t let us know, we just pretty much found it.”

Gartzke said he found 25 bugs in his daughter’s hair.

“Before we could go into the doctor’s appointment, I noticed that she had lice,” said Gartzke.

The petition has already gained nearly 200 signatures. Davis hopes parents will continue signing the petition in hopes for answers.

“The head checks in the school, not weekly, but initially that might be something that they need to do,” said Davis.

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