More bed bugs found at Waterbury school

New Haven

For the second time in about a month, bed bugs were found at Waterbury Career Academy (WCA).

Students started posting pictures on social media and concerned parents sent them to News 8. They also sent them to Waterbury Alderman Vernon Matthews, Jr. The school is in his district.

“I got a few texts and phone calls today concerning the bed bug infestation again,” Matthews said. “I’m concerned because we know it’s a problem.”

The first time this happened in early April, the school district determined a student unknowingly brought the bed bugs to school. Alderman Matthews said the school district then worked closely with the Waterbury Department of Public Health to clean the impacted areas of the school and they also went to the student’s home.

“The health department, I believe, went to the house to do the same thing they did here,” Matthews said. “They did the same thing at the house.”

No one seems to know how these latest bugs ended up appearing in a classroom. There are questions that will be looked into like — did the same student once again unknowingly bring the bed bugs to school? Were more bed bugs in the school than originally thought?

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Those are some issues that will be investigated.

For now, the Superintendent of Waterbury Public Schools, Dr. Verna Ruffin, is saying this — in a statement sent to News 8 on Thursday:

 “Cleaning protocols are actively engaged in with regard to any potentially impacted areas within a school building including steaming and cleaning of surfaces with industry standard methods….inspection and cleaning of all potentially impacted areas has been undertaken and follow-up inspections and remediation will be undertaken as necessary…..there is no risk to students, staff, or visitors.”

The full statement from Superintendent Ruffin can be read below:

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