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Fairview School implements bedbug eradication plan

Over the past several weeks, there have been a handful of reported bedbug incidences in Anchorage School District schools.

Bedbugs are a lot like lice, they are a nuisance but do not pose a serious health threat. The Department of Health and Social Services does not recommend sending children home or closing schools where cases have been reported.

Please review the fact sheet at http://www.asdk12.org/depts/health/Bedbugs_Protocol.pdf for more information.

Fairview Elementary School has reported several cases, confined to a few classrooms. The district will implement an eradication plan over the weekend at that school. Below is a letter from Principal Jeanne Perkins sent home to parents.

Fairview Elementary School
1327 Nelchina Street
Anchorage, Alaska 99501
Phone: (907) 742-7600 Fax: (907) 742-7616
Jeanne Perkins, Principal
perkins_jeanne@asdk12.org

Dear Fairview community of learners and caregivers,

Recently an occurrence of Cimex Lectularius, more commonly known as bedbugs, has been reported at our school. Our staff immediately notified ASD Health Services and district administrators. Together we are taking the necessary action to assist our students and you the caregiver.

Much like lice, bedbugs do not transmit diseases to humans, but they can be a source of discomfort and embarrassment for the person affected. If any student feels they may have been exposed, they may visit our school nurse who has been trained to handle situations of this matter with care and sensitivity. School staff will also notify our nurse if there are concerns regarding specific students.

The district does have a plan in place to eradicate any bedbugs that may be in the school building. This plan will be implemented this weekend when students and staff are not at the school. This allows for elimination of any insects with minimal impact to the school and your child. The process is non-toxic and will not involve use of pesticides.

Please review the information regarding bedbugs included with this letter. Bed bugs have an "ick" factor but they are not a serious health threat and we believe children are safe at school.

Please contact me if you have further questions or concerns. We want the very best for your child and we appreciate your partnership for their success and safety.

Thank you for all of your support,
Jeanne Perkins
Principal, Fairview School

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