UPDATED 5:30 p.m. TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 2019
According to a message from Marion High School to parents, the school will be closed Wednesday, November 20.
From Marion Unit 2 School District’s Facebook page:
Marion High School Parent/Guardian,
This call is to inform you that Marion High School will NOT be in session on Wednesday, November 20, 2019.
The Marion High School facility will be professionally inspected for bed bugs and treated as necessary
beginning tonight and continuing tomorrow. As announced earlier, we believe the issue to be
isolated to (2) adjacent classrooms and have taken the necessary precautions. We apologize
for this inconvenience and will update parents/guardians with a follow up call tomorrow
afternoon, Wednesday, November 20th. Thank you for your patience and understanding.
UPDATED 2:20 p.m. TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 2019
Marion Unit 2 issued a statement about the situation on its Facebook page Tuesday afternoon.
In the post, the district says "less than 5 students and two adjacent classrooms" were found to have bed bugs.
The areas are being treated, and classes remain in session.
High School Parents/Guardians
November 19, 2019
Recently, it was brought to our attention that less than 5 students and two adjacent classrooms were identified as having bed bugs. Bed bugs are a public nuisance and require attention.
All impacted areas are being professionally treated. Parent notification was made.
Classes remain in session, and we are continuing to monitor and professionally treat the impacted areas.
Once again, classes remain in session, and we are continuing to monitor and professionally treat the impacted areas.
MARION — Some parents are picking their children up early after reports of bed bugs at Marion High School.
Superintendent Keith Oates tells News 3 that the problem has been isolated to three classrooms in the building. A pest control company has been called in, and the classrooms will not be used.
Classes have not been cancelled for the day. Instead, some parents are electing to sign their students out.
Oates says the school district will release more information this afternoon.