An update from Superintendent Matthew McDonald regarding the single bed bug that was found at Ray Middle School last week:
First, you will be happy to know that there has been no further evidence of any bed bugs in our district, that includes all school buildings. I want to assure you that the district is taking this exposure very seriously and we are treating this as an ongoing concern. To date, we have thoroughly cleaned the impacted classroom space at Ray Middle School and hired a pest control company, Ehrlich, to advise us. The space was sprayed by an Ehrlich technician on Friday, October 13, 2017. There will be two (2) more preventative applications, each 10 days apart. The product used is odorless and is not a hazardous product requiring public notice. It is an exempt product under the EPA guidelines.
Second, the bed bug search dogs will be in Ray Middle School on Monday, October 30, 2017. The dogs will work through the building after school hours. The classroom where the bug was found, according to Ehrlich, is not conducive to maintaining a bed bug population. It is hard surfaced, clean and well lighted. We continue to monitor the classroom space. The district is using bed bug specific traps which are monitored by the pest control company.
Finally, our custodial staff have thoroughly cleaned all classrooms and our school buses have also been cleaned.
Thank you for your understanding and patience as we work through this issue. If you have questions regarding the district’s course of action for this matter you may call the district office at 315-638-6043.