The Galion School District is continuing to work with the Galion City Health Department to actively take steps to exterminate pests in the wake of three isolated cases of bedbugs in the past several weeks.
The third case was reported Thursday at Galion High School. According to a source, the student was quickly sent home and also missed school on Friday.
This came after two reported cases at Galion Intermediate School, the second taking place on Thursday.
School officials said the district immediately hired a state licensed professional exterminator, who worked in district buildings to eliminate the pests. Officials said he also installed traps in the buildings that are being monitored closely.
“We have been working closely with the professionals at the Galion City Health Department to ensure safe and effective procedures are being followed to prevent further findings,” Superintendent Jim Grubbs said. “The Health Department is not recommending that parents remove their children from school due to this bedbug finding.”
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, bedbugs are a nuisance but are not known to cause or spread disease. They are usually active at night when they feed, and their bite is usually painless but may become swollen and itch.