Herald Staff Writer
Barberton High School will be remote-only Sept. 1 and 2 while an exterminator inspects for bed bugs.
Principal Henry Muren sent a district all-call around 2:15 p.m. Aug. 21 saying his office had fielded multiple calls from parents concerned about the pests.
“Out of an abundance of caution, we have contacted an exterminator do do another inspection of the school,” Muren said.
He said since it is happening while school is in session, it will require the kids going remote a couple days.
“We know how to do remote learning,” Muren said. “Let’s do this.”
“Last week we opened up a cupboard and found some bed bugs,” Superintendent Jeffrey Ramnytz told The Herald. “We called in Stewart’s (Pest Control) and they treated that cupboard and got rid of them. This wasn’t even an area where students go.”
Ramnytz said word got out, though, and parents started calling in concerned so the district decided to do a full inspection and treatment.
Bed bugs are not known to cause any diseases but are hard to get rid of, produce itchy, uncomfortable bites and, in high enough infestations, have been known to cause anemia.