RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — A Richmond Public Schools spokesperson told 8News Tuesday that ‘multiple’ cases of bed bugs have been confirmed at Overby-Sheppard Elementary School.
The spokesperson did not specify how many cases had been confirmed at the northside school, but said RPS is working with Orkin Pest Control to provide treatment ‘immediately and over the coming weeks.’
One parent 8News spoke with was unhappy that he never received notification from the school.
“Had I known, she would not have attended Overby Sheppard school today,” said the father, who wished to remain anonymous.
The father said he takes bed bugs seriously and was troubled by the lack of communication from the school. When his wife picked their 9-year-old daughter up and asked administration, she was told ….
“That they were going to send something,” the father explained. “Well, they were going to … that’s like saying, ‘we were going to tell you that there was a shooting.’ That’s how serious I take bed bugs.”
RPS did not confirm whether or not parents were notified of the confirmed cases.
Bed bug bites usually do not pose a serious medical threat, according to the CDC, though an allergic reaction to several bites could need medical attention.
Stay with 8News for updates to this developing story.