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November 15, 2013

Southeast Fountain school board members hear about grading system

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+ Heard from the cast of "Promedy," the high school’s fall play, that performances will be 7 p.m. EST today and Saturday, and 2:30 p.m. EST Sunday. Tickets are $4 for students, $8 for adults, and free to children under 5years old.

+ Heard from parent Kim Kalweit that she would like the school board to consider a revision to the corporation’s policy on head lice. Kalweit said she thinks parents should be notified when a case of lice is discovered in a classroom while still keeping the name of the affected student private. She also would like an immediate check of students in the classroom when lice are found. Another parent said that three of her children caught lice and she had to pay over $300 to totally get rid of the lice.

Nurse Lori Myers explained there are no mass lice checks, because lice are not considered a health issue, but a nuisance. Students who are suspected of having lice are sent to the nurse for a check. If they have lice, the parents are called and the student is sent home. The student is not allowed to ride the school bus the next day and cannot return to the classroom before being checked by the nurse again.

Myers said she performed 981 head checks last school year and found 49 cases of lice. This school year, 51 head checks have been performed and five students have been sent home. If parents cannot afford the medication for lice treatments, they are directed to the county health department for assistance.

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