Bed Bugs Force Local School to Close

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CLEVELAND -- A school closing turned into a much bigger problem for some parents on Friday after bed bugs canceled classes.

University of Cleveland Preparatory School on East 40th St. was shut down Friday after a few of the creepy critters were spotted roaming the halls.

CEO of I Can Schools Marshall Emerson says a letter was sent home with students Thursday warning parents of the situation.

"Earlier this week, our teachers noticed there were a couple bedbugs in the classrooms and so they sanitized and cleaned and called the appropriate company. Then Thursday, they noticed more bugs in another classroom," said Emerson.

Emerson said Friday's closure was needed so workers could fumigate and clean the entire building.

"No teacher or principal wants to close school at this part of the year but we stress to our families that we are going to have a safe, very disciplined instruction environment. And part of keeping our kids safe is making sure the building is sanitized and clean and ready for instruction," said Emerson.

The University of Cleveland Preparatory School is part of the I Can Schools and houses grades K through 8th.

"We consider all of our families, our staff members, and our board members are part of the I Can family. So we told our family that we would pick up the cost to have their apartments or their homes to be cleaned as well because we don't want the infestation to spread amongst our family. So I think that was just the right call and the right decision and I really applaud the principal here for making that call," said Emerson.

The school will reopen on Monday.

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