Joplin school district addresses new bed bug concerns
Superintendent says no bed bugs have been found
JOPLIN, Mo. — According to Joplin Superintendent of Operations Kerry Sachetta, on Wednesday 9/18/19, the district found bed bugs in two backpacks in one of the math classrooms.
Sachetta says the district dealt with the situation immediately and removed students from the classroom while the room was cleaned.
Director of facilities Dave Pettit says crews vacuumed the carpet floor in the room several times and destroyed the vacuum bags that were used.
Pettit says that the vacuuming process continued for a week.
Pettit also says he consulted with the Joplin Health Department about the best way to handle the situation.
Sachetta explains on Saturday 9/21/19, the district also had a pest control company do a walkthrough of the school. He says that walk through resulted in no bed bugs or signs of bed bugs.
He also says the district hasn’t gotten any notification from staff that more bed bugs have been found.
KOAM also spoke with the Director of the Joplin Health Department, who says bed bugs can’t survive in the school because they need an environment the school can’t provide.
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