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Southwest Bakersfield school dealing with fleas

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Posted at 4:20 PM, Aug 23, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-24 19:49:47-04

UPDATE: August 24, 4:45 p.m. -- Students will likely be able to get back to their usual routine and go to their normal classrooms on Thursday, Kincaid said.

Crews have been vacuuming the affected classrooms twice per day.

Additional pesticides are expected to be applied to the outside of the building coming up this weekend, but those efforts aren't expected to affect the classrooms or students or staff, Kincaid said.

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A Southwest Bakersfield school is making adjustments after reports of people being bitten by fleas over the past week, officials said Tuesday.

Panama-Buena Vista Unified School District officials received reports of the flea bites by both children and adults at Old River Elementary School last Thursday, August 19.

Pesticides were sprayed over the weekend. As a safety precaution, two classrooms full of children about 4 years old have been moved around, said Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services Gerrie Kincaid.  

The school's principal is expected to send out a call tonight to parents of children at the school to inform them of the latest developments.

Officials aren't sure where the fleas are coming from; they expect that either a kit fox or a feral cat may be responsible, but they're still investigating, Kincaid said.

Students and staff returned to school from summer break last Wednesday, one day before the reported flea problem.