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Kuna Schools re-opens Indian Creek elementary after lice outbreak

Kuna Schools re-opens Indian Creek elementary after lice outbreak
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KUNA, Idaho (KBOI) - The Kuna School District closed Indian Creek Elementary on Tuesday after a lice outbreak that affected dozens of students and some staff members.

KSD says more than 60 students and nine staff members were diagnosed with head lice.

"We are closing school on Tuesday so that we may conduct a thoroughly cleaning and provide time for parents and staff to check for head lice and get treatment," the district said in a news release.

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Head lice are small, wingless insects about the size of a sesame seed. They only live on the human scalp and feed by sucking blood. Head lice range in color and can be white, gray, brown or red.

School officials will re-open the school today, but are asking parents to thoroughly check their child's head for any evidence.

“I know it’s common in public schools every once in awhile for kids to get, but to actually close the school is kind of crazy," said Kellie Levesque, a local parent. "It makes me nervous to put my kid in school actually.”