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No Backpacks At Downriver School After Bedbugs Found

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A bed bug crawls within a container. (Credit: Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images)

A bed bug crawls within a container. (Credit: Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images)

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TAYLOR (WWJ/AP) - A metro Detroit elementary school is asking students to leave their backpacks at home after bedbugs were found in the school.

Parents of students at Bernice McDowell Elementary School in Taylor received a note earlier this week that bedbugs were found inside the school and inside a textbook.

In the note, principal Lynne Borg said officials don’t know where the bedbugs came from, but they’re taking precautions. Borg asked students to keep all textbooks and library books inside the school, and to only bring their belongings to school in a clear plastic bag.

The letter also encouraged parents to contact a doctor if they notice any bed bug bites, but said it’s unlikely the school is facing an infestation.

According to the district’s website, students don’t have class Friday — it’s a Teacher Records Day. In the meantime, Borg said the entire school is being inspected and treated.

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