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Published October 30, 2013, 09:50 PM

Aurora school says lice problem is exaggerated

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - A local after-school program is alerting parents of a lice problem at Aurora elementary school.

By: Becky Parker, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - A local after-school program is alerting parents of a lice problem at Aurora elementary school.

But the principal says parents don't need to worry.

This letter sent out to parents from the YMCA's after-school program at Aurora says lice is becoming a problem and "spreading like wildfire."

But the school says the problem may have been exaggerated.

The wording sounds serious, a warning of lice spreading like wildfire at Aurora elementary school.

The program director at the YMCA's after-school program there sent the letter of caution to parents.

But Principal Carol Zent wants to make it clear that it’s not as bad as it sounds.

Carol Zent, Aurora Principal: "Right now, I don't believe that head lice is more prevalent this year than it's been in past years. Every school deals with head lice cases."

But that doesn't mean parents shouldn't be aware of lice.

The school does periodically post articles in its newsletter telling parents to check their kids' hair with a nit comb once in a while and teach them not to share hats and headbands.

Whipper Snippers in Fargo, which specializes in children's hair care, started doing lice checks and treatment around this time last year.

Olivia Rogers: "We started seeing a lot of it here at the salon. And we're not able to do haircuts when they have it so we just wanted to help people take care of it."

They say cases do start to ramp up around the beginning of the school year, not because there is more of it, but because that's when people watch for it.

Rogers: "Probably because they're not getting it taken care of in the school year and then people just forget about it in the summertime."

Zent: "Nothing to be ashamed about, it's just part of childhood sometimes it happens."

Principal Zent says she spoke to the program director who sent the letter, and believes she simply misspoke.

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