LORAIN – The Lorain County Health Department has confirmed that they are investigating a case of bed bugs at Lorain High School.
The school said in a statement that they will work with and consult officials to eliminate any bed bug activity in the building.
In recent weeks in Cuyahoga County, bed bugs were confirmed at three Parma schools in two days, even forcing an elementary school to close.
There was also a bed bug found at the Canton McKinley C.T. Branin Natatorium, which is not connected to any schools. The area was exterminated and no schools were closed.
Read the Lorain School District’s entire statement below:
Due to extensive media attention about bed bugs in our area, the Lorain City Schools is working closely with parents, staff, and students to address concerns. While it is unlikely for bed bugs to be spread in schools, the issue is becoming more prevalent throughout the region.
“Bed bugs are not harmful, but they are a nuisance,” shares David Covell, Lorain County Health. “Unfortunately it’s not a matter of if we will be exposed to bed bugs, but when. Health departments across northeast Ohio are working closely with public entities to help address these issues.”
The Lorain County Health Department is conducting an inspection to assure parents that all buildings in the Lorain City Schools are clear. If there is an issue, the Lorain City Schools will communicate directly with affected families.
“The Health Department has confirmed that we are following the proper guidelines to prevent and monitor for bed bugs in our schools, ” said superintendent Jeff Graham. “I want to thank our excellent staff, who are working so hard to ensure our buildings are ready for our students. We’re in good hands.”
The Lorain City School District will continue to work to identify bed bugs, provide inspections of students who may have been exposed to bed bugs in the home, and have trained staff or pest management inspect classrooms and treat if necessary.
“Parents should feel very comfortable sending their children to school,” added David Covell. “The important thing is to not panic. Lorain City Schools are doing all the right things.”
Parents with questions about bed bugs should contact the Lorain City Health District at 440-204-2787. Additional information can be found on their website at loraincountyhealth.com.