Nov 1, 2013 1:19 PM by AP (PHOTO: MGN ONLINE)
GOLDEN MEADOW, La. (AP) - Golden Meadow Middle School has been battling a flea infestation since Sept. 30.
Principal Tim Long tells The Courier that students at the school began showing bites associated with fleas a little more than a month ago. Since that time, Long said exterminators have treated the building at least six times, but the bites aren't disappearing.
"They say that once they get in that they have to interrupt the life cycle of the fleas because they cannot kill the eggs," Long said. "The eggs hatch, and once they hatch, it's just another cycle."
Long said he plans to shutter the building this weekend and cancel all school-related activities. The school grounds will then be completely treated before students return to school Monday.
Some parents have expressed frustration that the district has not acted promptly enough to resolve the problem.
Because only a few students have been affected by the flea bites, Long has not advised parents to keep their students out of school, he said. While some parents have kept their kids home due to the infestation, Long said he does not know exactly how many.
"I sent a letter home today advising parents what was happening and what we are doing about the problem," he said Thursday. "We're following the guidelines of what the exterminators are telling us that we have to do."
Long acknowledged there is a possibility the affected students may be bringing the fleas inside the school from another source, but said he is focused on following the procedure and the guidelines for controlling a flea infestation.