Bugs Go to School Too!
Bed bugs are on the rise across the nation and could potentially become an issue in our schools. Tahlequah Public Schools has an action plan to set in motion if and when the need arises. In the meantime, we are being proactive by presenting to all parents in our district, information through our district website on the ways to identify and take measures to lessen the likelihood of an infestation.
The source of bed bugs often cannot be determined, as bed bugs may be found in many public places including hotels and planes. Even though it is unlikely for bed bugs to infest a school, Tahlequah Public Schools will conduct regular inspections and will implement a pest management plan in the area where bed bugs were found, if necessary.
Parents can assist us with the effort to contain any bed bug occurrences by watching for signs in their home. Bed bugs are usually active at night and feed on human blood. The bite may become swollen and itch, much like a mosquito bite. Watch for clusters of bites, usually in a line, on exposed areas of the body. If you have medical concerns for your child, please contact your doctor or the school nurse.
Another bug that schools have issues with daily is head lice. Head lice are tiny insects that live on humans and are usually found in hair, most often on the back of the neck and behind the ears. Head lice are common in preschool and elementary school-age children but older children and adults can get them too. Head lice spread easily from one person to another through close contact or shared clothing or personal items such as hats or hairbrushes.
Tahlequah Public Schools has developed policies and procedures for head lice which can be found in the student handbook or on our website. Any child afflicted with head lice may be prohibited from attending school until such time as they are free from head lice. Upon reentering school, the child must be seen by the nurse or office staff and cleared to return.
If you have any questions regarding bed bugs or head lice in your school, please contact the school nurse, site principal or visit our district website at www.tahlequahschools.org. Look for the link of “Health Services.”