Bed bug discovered in PAMS classroom

Staff Writer

In a release issued through the school district’s website and addressed to middle school parents and guardians, Punxsutawney Area Middle School principal Travis Monroe announced that a single bed bug had been discovered in a fourth-grade classroom at the school.

“Bed bugs are a nuisance, but they are not known to spread disease,” Monroe said. “Bed bugs are usually active at night and feed on human blood. If bitten, the bite may not hurt at first, but it may become swollen or itch, much like a mosquito bite. Watch for clusters or bites, usually in a line, on the exposed areas of the body. If you have medical concerns for your child, please contact your doctor.”

While it is rare, Monroe said, for bed bugs to infest a school, he said that the staff at PAMS was diligently cleaning the classrooms and the area was being professionally treated. He urged parents and guardians, as a precaution, to inspect the backpacks and belongings of their children.

“Contact your physician or school nurse for the proper care and treatment of bed bug bites,” he said, adding that those with questions could contact him or the school nurse, Mrs. Carol Wehrle. The school’s phone number is 938-5151.

“This single bed bug was discovered just today,” Monroe said, “but we wanted to notify everyone right away so that communication between home and school is immediate. As always, we appreciate your continual support.”