DC elementary students head back to school after bed bug, rat infestations

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WASHINGTON --  Wednesday was the first day back to school for Savoy Elementary students.

The Southeast elementary school building started being treated for bed bugs and rats on Friday. In a statement, DC Public Schools, said the cleaning process will likely take several weeks.

In the meantime, kids are being bussed from Savoy to Ferebee Hope, another Southeast school.

As parents waited for their kids to get off the bus Wednesday, they told DCW50, they had mixed emotions.  On one hand, they said they are relieved the bed bug and rat problems at Savoy are finally being addressed, but they also realize this is just the beginning of long journey.

“I’m glad they were able to move the kids to another school until they resolve the issue,” said Savoy parent, Herbert Smith.

But some parents they said fear cleaning Savoy, will not be enough to fix the issue for good, saying if children’s homes are not treated for bed bugs, this cycle may continue.

“I don’t know what they are going to do, I’ve heard from the meetings that they are not really doing anything for people’s private homes,” explained Deanna Morrison, as she waited for her four year old daughter to get off the bus.

Morrison, was one of several parents who said they are considering taking their kids out of Savoy altogether.

Moving forward, parents said there needs to be one focus, at any cost.

“Main thing need to be the kids’ health, that’s got to be the biggest issue,” said Smith.

Wednesday, Ward 8 Councilman Trayon White, said he was still working to get the Department of Health to treat student’s homes that have bed bugs.

Latest message and temporary bus schedule to from Savoy to Ferebee Hope: