Dear Parent or Guardian:
We understand that your family’s home is being treated for a possible bed bug infestation. We know that this issue you face is a great inconvenience to you. However, we would ask and appreciate some additional steps to avoid bed bugs being brought to school by your child. The risk is very slight, but sometimes a few bed bugs can hitchhike to school from the home by hiding in clothing or a backpack.
Below are three steps you can take that will help reduce the risk of bed bugs hitchhiking to the school.
- Please keep all clothes, shoes, backpacks, lunch boxes, coats, homework, books and laptops away from beds and upholstered furniture
- Any items that must be stored near beds or other furniture should be placed in a clear plastic bin or plastic bag until the student needs to take them outside the home.
- If you suspect that these items have been in contact with beds or other furniture, please place these items in a dryer on medium-high heat for at least 20 minutes. Also, items can be laundered by washing and drying on the hottest settings the fabric can safely withstand.
If you have any difficulties with these three steps, please let us know. We can help by discretely conducting our own check of items that are brought to school. This check will be accomplished without interruption to your child’s education.
We greatly appreciate your efforts in helping us protect other families and our staff from having to deal with this insect.
If you have any questions, please contact us at ### ### ####.
If you need advice dealing with bed bugs, please contact the MN Bed Bug InformationLine at firstname.lastname@example.org
Health Services Staff