On Friday, November 9, 2018, school district offices were fielding several similar telephone calls with parent/guardian questions regarding students, school facilities, and bed bugs. To clarify and respond to any widespread concern, school administration has been looking into this for the past several days. During the investigation, Monday afternoon (November 5, 2018) Milton-Union staff members were able to visually identify a specific location of concern. The concern stemmed from a series of lockers (i.e., a locker bank) on the second floor, not adjacent to any classrooms.
On Monday, a professional was consulted. On Tuesday, November 6, 2018, a professional was on-site to consult, inspect, and treat. The concerning area was considered free of bed bugs by the professional. As a precaution, additional areas of the school facility, in the immediate vicinity and on either side of the locker bank, were treated as well. The middle school principal contacted specific parents/guardians directly affected by this situation. All of this information was shared with them either by voicemail or person-to-person. Protocols and processes were put in place to assist specific parents, guardians, caregivers, and families in need of assistance as they work through their own concerns. When possible, the school district will always attempt to work through sensitive issues with parents, guardians, and families on a small scale to protect privacy and student confidentiality.
Like any school day, parents/guardians should examine their students’ belongings and materials as part of the regular after school routine.