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School asking for help to prevent lice outbreak

Posted September 1

— A school is asking for help avoiding a serious outbreak.

This year, the school nurse at Quannah McCall Elementary School says they're dealing with several cases of lice. It's nowhere near as bad as last year, though.

The school wants to make sure it stays that way.

That's why the school is asking anyone, even if their kid doesn't go there, to donate lice kits and lice killing shampoo. Some of the donated shampoo and lice kits will go home with families who can't afford it.

It's an expensive problem to take care of, and painful.

"They don't sleep at night. They sit there and they keep scratching and scratching even when they're sleeping," said Maria Casillas, who takes care of kids who go to Quannah McCall Elementary School.

A cheap bottle of lice killing shampoo can cost upwards of $15. You might need several bottles. Plus, your home needs to be cleaned thoroughly and your kid could be out of school for days if not weeks.

Right now, the school isn't seeing an outbreak of lice, like it did last year. Parents hope it stays that way.

The Clark County School District says the school "was being proactive" and the cases last year were "isolated."

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