Action plan for Barrow school infested by harvest mites
Last updated at 17:55, Wednesday, 25 September 2013
A SCHOOL in Barrow which has been closed due to a harvest mite infestation has outlined its action plan to deal with the issue.
Walney School is shut until Thursday as mites, which are understood to have originated from a sedum eco roof on a new classroom block, have been biting students.
Two previous treatments applied to the new build have not eradicated the mites. The original buildings are being treated to ensure that there is no transfer of mites. The new building is being isolated to enable work to be done on isolating the roof and venting ducts from classrooms and corridors before it is treated again.
The school said the sedum roof needs to be removed, but the short term plan is to close the route of the mites, the ventilation towers.
The school is working with its partners to resolve the issue and is hoping to set up a parent group.
From Thursday Year 11 will be in for a full school day. From Friday Year 10 will attend from 8.40am until 12.20pm.
On Monday Year Nine pupils will attend from 8.40am until 12.20pm and Years Seven and Eight will attend from 1pm until 3.20pm.
Students are now accessing work through the school website.
First published at 12:16, Tuesday, 24 September 2013
Published by http://www.nwemail.co.uk
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You grumblers - sore & itchy bites... which can happen to anyone, at anytime, either inside a building or out of it. We are surrounded by things that bite from humans, to animals, to insects and so on down the chain. The school is trying its utmost to deal with this episode to the best of their ability. It's a huge learning curve for them because they haven't had to deal with a mass invasion of mites before so they have no experience to draw on. How about trying to work with the school instead of being so utterly moany and critical. And Mr Austin - if your child doesn't understand the work, ring the school - the staff aren't on holiday.
The staff of Walney School take all reasonable steps to protect your children, and you prima donna parents can only respond with criticism and contempt. Tragic.
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