Fleas have invaded Victor School. Students from one classroom were moved to another room last Friday after fleas were discovered there, school Principal Allison Gerrity said. The students are still relocated this week — until after the carpets are deep-cleaned either today or Friday, Gerrity said.
Gerrity, who is principal at Houston School in Acampo as well as Victor School, said that two children from Victor School had been sent home, one from an infestation in September and one from this week.
Fleas were first discovered at the school on Bruella Road in five classrooms and a storage room on Sept. 22, according to Mitch Slater, Lodi Unified School District’s maintenance and operations director. Students were moved to other classrooms, and the fleas were quickly eradicated in all but one of the classrooms, Slater said.
Slater said he doesn’t know exactly what type of flea killer was used. Children returning to the classroom are safe because the carpet in each of the affected classrooms was shampooed to get rid of the flea killer, he said.
One classroom remains flea-bitten, and students were removed from that room last Friday. They may return to their original classroom next week, Gerrity said, after workers from Delk Pest Control treat the room.
It seems that several feral cats found underneath one of the school’s buildings attracted the fleas, according to Slater. He suspects that someone was feeding the cats, so they remained at the school.
Slater said he doesn’t know how many cats were located on the Victor campus or how much the flea eradication will cost the school district.
Feral cats can be seen on school property throughout the district, Slater said. While other campuses don’t have a flea problem like Victor School does, district employees are working to remove the cats to make sure other schools don’t have fleas, he added.
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