A newly minted law that requires New York City schools to notify parents of bed bugs anywhere in the school (versus a live bug found on one's own kid) only applies to public schools, not the city's vast network of image-conscious private schools.
NYC DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION - BED BUG INFORMATION KIT 2 PROTOCOL FOR IDENTIFYING AND TREATING BED BUGS IN SCHOOLS There are two ways to submit a suspected bed bug specimen to the DOE Pest Management Unit for identification: you may either send the dead insect by mail or email pictures of the pest to
According to Ellie Engler of the United Federation of Teachers, in a comment left on this blog recently, the NYC Department of Health protocol requires teachers to catch and bag a bed bug, send it in to be identified by the DoH, and only then does the Board of Ed. address the problem. Most of these schools caught one or two bed bugs.
A 2010 report by the New York City Bed Bug Advisory Board said there were 426 cases during the 2008-2009 school year, double the number of the previous year. The number more than doubled again to
BED BUG PROTOCOL FOR SCHOOLS 1. If a suspected bed bug is found on a child's clothing or in a school, efforts should be made to collect a specimen. The specimen should then be placed securely in a sandwich size plastic bag and sealed with tape. Try not to crush the bug and please do not staple the bag. 2.
Guidelines for Prevention and Management of Bed Bugs in Shelters and Group Living Facilities Cdc-pdf [PDF - 1 MB] External (New York State IPM Program, Cornell Cooperative Extension, Cornell University) - publication on bed bug prevention, management and control, education and awareness for public agencies and private or public housing