Hello all I'm an NQT in my last term of my first year (yay!). All has gone pretty swimmingly so far and I've had an amazing time! However, there is a girl in my Year 5 class with a persistant headlice problem. Apparently the problem has existed her whole way through the school. She is quite infested with them and can often be seen pulling them out of her hair and having a little fiddle! Despite involvement of the school nurse and social services the problem is still present and both herself and Mum refuse to deal with the situation. We regularly send out head lice letters and have warned all the children of issues such as sharing hairbrushes etc. These precautions have not stopped a large majority the children in the class catching the lice at some point since September. Generally the other children's parents deal with the problem quickly and thoroughly. Last night I was routinely nit combing my hair and....to my utter disgust and shock I found signs that I too have caught the dreaded creatures. I was quite distraught last night and ventured out to buy some treatment at around midnight, spent 2 hours nit combing and washing and consequently missed my bus to work this morning and had to fork out for a taxi! I guess I am seeking some reassurance that I am not the only teacher to have caught this awful things as it has really made me feel quite ashamed! Also, I am wondering if anyone has any ideas for a course of action to sort this problem out? As I said social services and the school nurse have been involved, but as Mum does not co-operate it seems these things fizzle out quite quickly. I did a PSHE session on headlice this afternoon and stressed the importance of regular nit combing, but I have been told I can't speak to the girl directly. After asking which of the children had a nit comb the girl in question was the only one without her hand up. Is it acceptable to buy her a nit comb??! Any help would be hugely appreciated! Thank you!