I learned something new today, folks. Suddenly things made sense to me.
One thing I always hated when school started was the dreaded "Head Lice Note."
You know the one:
"This note is to inform you that a child in your son's/daughter's class has been found to have head lice. Please check your child....blah blah blah"
So then there is the paranoia and constant checking of your child. Or the times when you find the note comes too late - there is already an infestation.
Now, most school districts say that they have a "no-nit policy." Kids cannot come back to school unless/until they are completely nit-free.
They can say it all they want. It is not true. I am sure there are a few school districts that adhere to that, but, for the most part, people just don't want the kids to miss more than a day or 2 of school.
And I found out why. Money, of course.
According to Quantum's Survey of over 1,000 School Nurses:
75% say head lice have increased over the last three years.
On average, 10% of the elementary school student body gets head lice.
Each student is absent an average of 4.2 days.
Head lice result in lost education days, lost funding due to non-excused sick days, and lost income to parents who must stay home to care for their lice-ridden children.
So the schools don't want the kids to stay out - they want their money/funding.
Now for my rant:
I hate head lice. They are the most vile little creatures around.
It took me forever to get rid of these little suckers, too, but I found a way. (I made my own concoction - bwahahahahahahahahahahaha.) (That was evil laughter.) The stuff at the store is a joke and the prescription stuff is really scary. I made something myself that wiped the little suckers out. (Bwahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha.)
I am soooooooo glad I did not get one of those notes this year! :-)