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School Says No Concern after Child with Bed Bugs Taken out of School

By: Olivia Fecteau Email
By: Olivia Fecteau Email

CARTER COUNTY, Ky. (WSAZ) – After a child attending Heritage Elementary School in Grayson was found to have bed bug bites, the school district assures parents that it is following district policy to deal with the problem by taking the child out of school.

Ronnie Dotson, Superintendent of Carter County Schools, says a family in the community has had an issue with bed bugs. One of the children attends Heritage Elementary. Dotson said the district’s policy is that a child cannot return to school until the problem (lice, scabies or bed bugs) clears up.

Dotson said the child was at school when the district found out about the problem. He noted that there are visible signs of an issue such as bed bugs. Since bed bugs feed on blood, he said some of the signs include bite marks or anything peculiar on a person’s skin.

Dotson also said the district does regular extermination for insects but has not done any extra extermination in this case because the problem involved just one child.

The Little Sandy Health Department in Grayson came in to check the classroom. Trena Greene, the director of nursing at the health department, said she and an environmentalist visually inspected the classrooms and library where the child had visited, checking with magnifying glasses and flashlights.

Greene said they also examined anything where bed bugs could hide -- including cubbies, baseboards and anything with a crack. She noted that their investigation began August 19, after the student was discovered with symptoms on August 16. She and her department did presentations for teachers and custodial staff to make them aware of the problem.

Greene's advice to parents who are concerned their child may have brought home bed bugs from school: take the child's clothes and shoes off immediately when he or she comes into the home and put them in a dryer on high heat for 20 to 30 minutes to kill the bugs. She also recommends checking the child's school supplies and textbooks.

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