CLAY COUNTY, Fla. -- It might make you squirm or maybe itch a little just by hearing about it. A Clay County mother said the school district's policy on head lice is what's bothering her.
Michelle has two daughters that attend a Clay County elementary school.
"Academically, they are very well taken care of. Wonderful staff, all the way around." Michelle said.
But, Michelle said there is a tiny problem.
"Lice," she said with a slight laugh. "This is the second time my children have had lice in two months."
Michelle said she spent nearly $500 to have her and her children checked and treated for lice.
"You feel like a dirty person," she said. "It doesn't mean you are dirty, but that's what happens. Last time, they had lice, it was over $700, between buying new mattresses and the lice treatment."
Michelle said she routinely checks her children and instructs them on lice prevention.
"I really wish the county would re-evaluate the lice procedures," she said.
Clay County schools Supervisor of Student Services, Donna Wethington, said they understand Michelle's frustration and are aware of he concern.
Wethington said the district will not consider a re-evaluation of the "nit-free" policy, but the district will call Michelle.
Wethington said there has been one other lice complaint this year and there is no lice problem in a school. Wethington also said the district doesn't regularly physically check students heads because it isn't recommended by the American Pediculosis Association.
According to Wethington, if a student is seen scratching unusually or if a sibling has lice, parents will be notified and students will be checked by a nurse at school.
According to St. John's County Schools spokesperson, Christina Langston, if a child is found with lice, they are sent home.
Langston said the child's siblings are checked as well and a note is also sent to all children in the affected child's class letting parents know lice was found on a student.
Langston said the district conducts physical lice checks on students on a regular basis and as often as needed.
Pages 4 and 5 of the Clay County School district's 2013-2014 code of student conductalso outlines procedures for preventing head lice.
The Centers for Disease Controloffer more information about head lice.