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Parma school closed due to scabies; crews disinfecting building

Parma school closed due to scabies; crews disinfecting building
Posted at 1:47 PM, Dec 05, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-05 13:47:00-05

School officials at Summit Academy's Parma campus announced the facility's temporary closure as a precautionary measure after scabies were found at the school.

The campus, located at 5868 Stumph Road in Parma, will be closed while crews work to disinfect the school. Officials said the school will be reopened on Dec. 10.

A school spokesperson released the following statement:

In an abundance of caution, Summit Academy – Parma’s campus at 5868 Stumph Rd Parma, OH are closed, beginning Thursday, December 6, 2018, due to exposure to scabies. We are closing the school to sanitize our facilities so that we may reopen on December 10, 2018. A scabies appearance is a common occurrence in schools, and while the closure is not required by public health officials, school administration and staff felt it was a needed step to promote safety and cleanliness, as well as prevent spread among children and staff.

Scabies is an infestation of the skin that is caused by microscopic mites that burrow underneath the skin to live and lay eggs, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

More information about scabies can be found here.