Bed bug tips for parents
A suspected bed bug issue should be directed to the school clinic.
You need to know that:
We have a bed bug action plan.
Anyone can get bed bugs.
The school will not close unless necessary.
Parents have a role to play. Advise the school if bed bugs are found at home.
Controlling bed bugs at home means fewer to no bed bugs in schools.
Common Bed Bug Myths
Bed bugs are not a sign of sanitary issues.
They’re after only one thing. They thrive where humans sit still for more than an hour.
Multi-family housing, hotels, offices, and even schools are prime locations for bed bugs.
Are bed bugs only active at night?
While bed bugs prefer darkness, keeping the light on at night won’t deter them from biting.
They are most active between 2 and 5am.
What is an infestation?
One bed bug is not an infestation.
Breeding infestations in a school are rare.
Suggested procedures for students found with bed bugs, from the EPA
Discretion is critical!
Discretely remove student from class.
School nurse check student’s clothing and belongings.
Contact the student’s parents.
Send bed bug information home.
Students should not be excluded from school.
Schools should not be closed.
Prevent bed bug hysteria.
If you have any further questions, you can contact District Nurse Rita Baker at 330-676-8617, or contact Jim Soyars, Director of Business Services at 330-676-7650.