Barberton Excessive College will shut Wednesday and Thursday after a flurry of calls to the district about mattress bugs.
Courses can be held remotely.
Jeffrey Ramnytz, superintendent of Barberton Metropolis Colleges, mentioned Tuesday the calls got here after rumors in regards to the nasty bugs being current at the highschool flared up on social media.
“We now have not had any stories of anyone having any infestations,” he mentioned.
The superintendent mentioned some mattress bugs have been uncovered final week in a storage cupboard not accessible to college students, and the bugs have been eradicated.
However people conscious of the invention apparently unfold the phrase on social media, main involved mother and father to contact the district.
“We obtained a bunch of calls,” Ramnytz mentioned. “Individuals have been calling Summit County Public Well being. We wished to ease individuals’s minds [and] in speaking with the board, we determined we wanted to get this factor taken care of.”
Ramnytz mentioned he’s assured the mattress bugs have been exterminated final week, however the public outcry satisfied him to take the broader motion.
“The entire room was executed twice, and we hadn’t heard something,” the superintendent mentioned. “That is being executed as a precaution to ease individuals’s minds, and I perceive fully.”
In a submit on the district’s web site and on social media, the district introduced that exterminators would arrive at 9 a.m. Wednesday to examine and exterminate all areas of the highschool.
Ramnytz mentioned the highschool will shift to distant studying for the 2 days.
“We’re consultants on distant,” he mentioned.
Nonetheless, the superintendent mentioned, the main target of his district is to maintain youngsters in school rooms and foster a return to normality.
“I don’t suppose they will take one other 18 months of [uncertainty],” he mentioned.
Some college students who selected the distant studying choice within the 2020-2021 faculty yr suffered academically and emotionally, with the separation from lecturers and college students having a detrimental impact, he mentioned. Barberton provided each distant and in-class instruction final faculty yr.
The superintendent mentioned the district extremely encourages the usage of masks and extra college students have opted to put on them since faculty opened.
The mattress bug difficulty, he mentioned, retains the district on its toes.
“You throw this into the combo, and it’s not only a job,” he mentioned. “It’s an journey.”
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