DC elementary school shut down for bed bug, pest clean up – WJLA

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Three pest control trucks lined the street in front of Savoy Elementary School Friday afternoon. Cleaning crews hauled supplies inside, while parents brought their kids outside, wondering where their students would go next.

If they dont find the source, its going to be a problem, said Patricia Hayes, whose granddaughter attends the Southeast Washington school.

The crews scoured the building for rats and bed bugs. Parents told us it has been infested for weeks.

It was a disgrace, said parent Reginald Cross. I didnt find out until last Friday, and once I heard about it, I took my daughter out of school for the rest of the week.

Now, all the students will have to temporarily attend another school until the infestation is removed.

Who is going to replace all [my granddaughters] things because we threw away all her stuff away, even though she didnt get bit, said Hayes.

DC Public Schools released this statement: DC Public Schools will close Savoy Elementary School on Monday, February 6, and Tuesday, February 7, 2017. DC Public Schools and the Department of General Services will conduct a thorough cleaning of the building beginning this evening. We will also replace all soft materials in the building, including rugs, cots, blankets, and pillows. After the cleaning, we will work with the Department of Health to ensure that the building passes a rigorous safety and health inspection. During the cleaning and the subsequent inspection, the Savoy community will temporarily relocate. We will update the school community on Sunday regarding where students should plan to attend school for the next several weeks as we prepare a school building that is conducive to teaching and learning. We will also communicate where Savoy students can access meal service (breakfast, lunch, and supper) on Monday and Tuesday. If families have any concerns about their childrens health, they should contact their general doctor.

DC elementary school shut down for bed bug, pest clean up - WJLA

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