BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) - Bowling Green City Schools tells us a pest control company was brought into Dishman-McGinnis Elementary after a few bugs were thought to be bed bugs.
School officials say the school does not have an infestation of bed bugs, but the rooms were treated as a precaution.
Some students were found to have lice and students with ten or more "nits" were sent home with letters describing the situation.
If your child has lice, they say to treat your child's hair with a head-lice shampoo and to remove all of the nits.
Before a student can return to class, they must be readmitted by the school nurse or family resource coordinator.
Here's the letter from the school:
Dear Parent(s) or Guardian(s):
In checking your student’s head today, nits and/or lice were found. Local health department policy suggests that we not allow a child to be in school if they have any lice or multiple nits in their hair. Please treat your child’s hair with a head-lice shampoo and remove all of the nits before he/she returns to school. In order to keep the lice from returning, you will also want to check the other members of your household and treat their hair accordingly. You will also want to continue to check every so often, just to be sure they do not return.
Before your student can return to class, or ride the school bus, he/she must be readmitted by the school nurse or family resource coordinator. Therefore, please accompany your student to school upon their return so this can be taken care of. If there are no remaining lice/nits, he/she will be able to return to the classroom.
Please understand that per state law, a student may miss a total of three days in a school year for lice and have the absences excused. Any absences beyond that are considered unexcused and once a child has a total of six (6) unexcused absences/tardies in a year, he/she will be considered truant and subject to action through the court system.
Thank you for your assistance and cooperation. If you have any questions, please feel free to call.
Michael Wix, principal
Dishman-McGinnis Elementary School