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Local school has unwelcome guest: bedbugs

Posted at 6:55 PM, Sep 18, 2015

Tune into 9 On Your Side at 5 p.m. for the latest on the arrival of bedbugs at Felicity-Franklin High School.

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FELICITY, Ohio — Administrators at the Felicity-Franklin Local Schools District are warning parents about an unwanted visitor to their schools.

Bedbugs.

In a letter sent to parents Friday, district Superintendent Dave Gibson warned that bedbugs had been discovered on students’ clothing and book bags at Felicity-Franklin High School:

Dear Parents,

With the onset of cooler weather and the resulting increase in hoodies and coats, I thought it appropriate to resend the information we sent out last school year:

I am sure that most of you are aware that bedbugs have become a concern in Clermont County. With bedbugs being evident in our county, it is reasonable to expect that they will be brought into schools. Our school is no exception. In recent weeks, bedbugs have been found on articles o clothing and book bags.

This letter is not intended to alarm you; it is intended to educate. Please find the enclosed attachments regarding the facts about bedbugs, what you can do to help prevent them from entering your home and the Felicity Schools’ procedural flow chart.

If, after reading the enclosed literature, you have additional questions regarding Felicity Schools’ response to bedbugs, please contact your building principal.

Dave Gibson
Superintendent

Letter sent to Felicity Schools parents Friday regarding bedbugs found on clothes and book bags. Click to enlarge or see viewer above.

WCPO reached out to Felicity-Franklin High School Principal Brad Ellis, who deferred comment to Gibson. WCPO has reached out to Gibson for further comment and is waiting to hear back.

In recent years, Cincinnati has topped the nation as far as bedbug infestations, according to numerous surveys.

READ MORE on tips on avoiding bedbugs here.

WCPO will update this story as it develops.