Bed bugs have hit the books this month as an Ohio school reported pest problems, prompting a letter to parents and new infestation procedures for students.
Bradford Exempted Village Schools, located in Bradford, Ohio, faced classroom bed bug issues in early February. Tracy Cordonnier, the school’s nurse, released a letter on the school district’s website last week with information about the bed bug sighting and the school’s updated procedures for handling these pests.
She notes that when a bed bug concern arises, the school immediately issues letters regarding possible exposure to children in that particular classroom. They do not send letters to the entire school because the likelihood of transferring between classrooms is minimal.
“To avoid transfer of bed bugs to other students, the child reports to the clinic first thing every morning to change into clothes that have been heat treated/bed bug free,” Cordonnier says in a Dayton Daily News article.
School leaders are also asking students to leave book bags and coats into plastic bags as part of a new pest-prevention policy.
““We felt this is an extra precaution to prevent the transfer of bed bugs from any students we are unaware of having bed bugs,” Cordonnier says in the article. “The intention was not to ‘hide’ anything but instead to further protect our students.”
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