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Bed bugs result is dismissal of class at Hoglan school

October 24, 2012
By ANDREW POTTER - Staff Writer ( , Times-Republican

Bed bugs found on materials in a classroom at Hoglan Elementary School resulted in the dismissal of a classroom of students during the middle of the school day Tuesday.

Jason Staker, communications director with the Marshalltown Community School District, confirmed that students were sent home from a classroom, but he was not sure which room.

"We took a proactive approach and sent the students from that classroom home for the remainder of the school day," Staker said. "Even though it is unlikely for bed bugs to be spread in schools, we are having the room inspected by certified pest control professionals and appropriate measures will be taken so all can return to school."

Staker said bed bugs are a nuisance but they are not known to spread disease. The students in that room will not be in school Wednesday and are expected to return as normal Thursday.

"They won't come back (Wednesday) because there will be people treating that room," Staker said.

Marshall County Public Health Nurse Pat Thompson said she was unaware of the situation when contacted by the Times-Republican Wednesday.

"I've never heard of that before, but I don't know the circumstances of that classroom," Thompson said of dismissing students due to bed bugs.



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