Welcome to my posts for the A to Z Challenge 2016.
This year, I am posting
Special School Stories
tales from either my time as a teacher or teaching assistant within classrooms in the U.K. or from my own school days growing up around the country.
We stand in a line
That snakes its way past the headmaster’s office
Chatting quietly so as not to disturb
Avoiding a lesson brings quiet satisfaction
Although there’s always the fear
That we might be the one
Who has nits!
We wait and we wait as those before us
Bow their heads towards proficient fingers
Parting of hair this way and that and the back of the neck
Our turn and quite quickly it’s all over
And we shuffle back to class
Our scalps still tingling from the nit nurse’s fingers
But knowing nothing is living – no tiny visitors
My long hair is safe!
I remember one instance of getting nits as a child (I can’t quite remember how I found out but it wasn’t through the nit nurse) and my mum patiently combing through my hair and removing all offenders as I sobbed – the awful black and white imagery, of an Eastern European children’s serial where the children all had their heads shaven when nits were discovered, raw in my mind.
Both of my own children were always coming home with notices about nits being in class and could I check their heads and treat if found? My son got them once (he has such thick hair!!) but my daughter seemed to always pick them up (much finer hair) until she went to secondary school. And of course as a teacher I had to deal with such notices being issued every month and sometimes every week and would bemoan the fact that we were not allowed to tell the parents of those children we could actually see nits on!! There were times when I found myself having to go against this as after notices had been issued and certain children were still terribly infected I decided it was best to have a quiet word as some parents might not be able to read or know how to treat the problem. I never had a parent be cross – maybe because I always explained that having nits was not a sign of having dirty hair and that both of my own children had had nits too.
I bet your all itching now - so to stop those fingers from straying to your hair leave me a comment below - did you have a nit nurse at your school? What happened if you got nits? Does your children's school issue notices or do they ring you or have a quiet word? Any amazing treatments ever prescribed? Go on you know I'd love to know :)