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Lice outbreak at local school

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SAGINAW, MI (WNEM) -

Parents are outraged after a head lice outbreak at a local elementary school.

They said it's not just the lice they're upset about, but the fact no one from the school bothered to notify them of the problem.

Now parents are wondering how they can fix it when they're not informed to begin with.

"I was frustrated," Kayla Harper said when she found out her daughter Jessica had head lice.

It's the fourth time this month her kindergartner is dealing with the pests.

"You have to clean everything, fabric in the house that these things can possibly cling to. You have to bag up stuffed animals, take away the kids toys, which is another fight of itself," Harper said.

She claims all of this could've been prevented if Jessica's school sent home a letter alerting parents to check their kids for lice. She said that didn't happen and she doesn't understand why.

"If they keep going back to this environment and we keep going through this, no kid I know is happy about that situation," she said.

Melina Carroll, director of student support services at Merrill Park Elementary School, said the school follows the Saginaw County public health recommendations.

She said a new policy adopted this year ends the practice of sending home letters. Carroll said while lice is a nuisance it's not an infectious disease.  

She said the current case of lice is an isolated one. 

"I've checked with the principal and the building secretary and both of them have identified that that's the only known case in the classroom at this time," Carroll said.

Meanwhile Harper disagrees saying her child got lice from a classmate. To her, a note home to everyone makes sense. 

"All I want is a generic note home. Check your kid. Let's take on this problem together instead of sending our kids that we just cleaned back into the same infestation," Harper said.

The school said any parents who experience a problem can get a lice kit from the district. 

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