St. Paul Public Schools has issued advice to parents about cleaning student iPad cases after bed bugs were found in a handful of them.
The pests were found in five devices at Como High School after they were distributed to students, but an advice letter has been sent to all middle and high school families in the district "out of an abundance of caution."
"We apologize for this situation and the inconvenience it has caused," SPPS spokesman Kevin Burns said in a statement to BMTN.
"There is no indication of the presence of any additional pests in any other iPads. However, as the health and safety of our students and staff are our highest priorities, we felt it was responsible and prudent to ask families to help maintain the cleanliness of the devices.
"We continue to monitor the situation and are providing families with instructions on how to clean and maintain the devices throughout the school year."
The letter says that per school district procedures, iPads "should have been cleaned and inspected" prior to being handed back in at the end of the school year.
Parents are now being asked to remove the iPads from their cases and clean them periodically.
It suggests cleaning them in the following way:
Protective case and Keyboard:
- Take the iPad out of the case and vacuum debris around the case and keyboard.
- Using simple window cleaner (Windex) or ammonia containing window cleaner, wipe down the case and keyboard entirely with window cleaner and paper towels.
- Place cleaned case on clean paper towels to let dry.
- Throw away paper towels and do not reuse. The ammonia based window cleaner will kill any bacteria or pests.
- Take the iPad without the case and place a small piece of tape over the charging port and headphone port spray water onto a paper towel (do not spray on pad itself).
- Wipe down entire iPad with wet paper towel and set on clean paper towels to allow for the iPad to dry off.
- Throw away paper towels used for wiping immediately following this step.
- Wash your hands after this step.
- Repeat steps one and two as needed.
- Once clean and dry, put iPad back into case.