Scabies infestation in Virginia school district

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At least eight cases of scabies have been confirmed among students within Cumberland School District in Virginia – six at the local elementary school, and two at the middle school. While assistant superintendent Elizabeth Jamerson insisted as recently as October 3 that the incident was isolated to the elementary school, reports surfaced just a few days later of there being cases over at least two schools within the district.

Extra staff were brought in to clean the known-to-be-infested schools, and students were sent home with scabies facts sheets (linked below) from the Virginia Department of Health. Superintendent Amy Griffin posted a cell phone video on the district website addressing parental concerns and assuring them the schools and buses would be cleaned over the next 12 weeks. She urged parents to “do their part” to prevent the spread of the disease, including practicing good hygiene and keeping any children presenting symptoms at home.

Scabies is a contagious skin infection caused by a mite that burrows into the skin. It is most often passed through prolonged (10+ minutes) contact with the skin of another person, through close living conditions and/or sex. High incidence has been reported in places such as daycare facilities and prisons (school is, arguably, both). Symptoms of scabies usually don’t present themselves until between two and six weeks after infection, so it’s safe to say more cases will be reported before all’s said and done.

Cumberland County Public Schools serves 1,364 students in grades PK, K-12 in three schools, and according to Niche, scores at a B or below for everything but diversity. Over 65% of the student population receives free or reduced lunch.

Several cases of scabies confirmed at Cumberland school

Scabies infestation spreads at Cumberland Schools

Multiple confirmed cases of scabies at Cumberland County Schools

Scabies Fact Sheet – Virginia Department of Health

HEALTH UPDATE FROM DR. AMY GRIFFIN – Cumberland County Public Schools

Cumberland County Public Schools – Virginia – Niche

North Carolina high school health teacher and track coach chokes student

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Brian Kelley was suspended with pay a month ago after a video surfaced showing him choking a student. He has since resigned from his job as a “healthy living” teacher and track coach at Apex High School in Apex, North Carolina.

We send our children to school, believing they will be safe there. But the assault on their well being comes from all sides: from the community, students, and teachers alike. Not every teacher is dedicated to your child. Unless you can personally vet every educator your child has (and even if you could), how will you know for sure what kind of person they are? Getting a “good teacher” is hit or miss. In a few months, as children return to school after summer vacation, parents around the country will gloat on social media about their children’s “great teachers.” It helps them feel like they didn’t just throw their kids to the wolves. But the reality is, children come in contact with a lot of school professionals over the course of one school day. Who’s to say one won’t be a pedophile, or have anger management issues, or maybe is just having a bad day and decides your child looks like an easy target?

Apex High School teacher resigns after video appears to show him choking student