The exterior of Esperanza Elementary.
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An infestation of fleas has forced the Oakland Unified School District to temporarily close two schools for cleaning and pest extermination.
District officials suspect raccoons in the area brought fleas to the two afflicted schools, Esperanza Elementary and Korematsu Discovery Academy, which share a campus in East Oakland. By shutting down schools, OUSD hopes that it will limit the spread of fleas across the campus, which border a park and a “wooded area” on either side.
“It will allow crews to do a deeper cleaning of all classrooms and common areas, including removing all carpets where fleas have taken up residence and laid their eggs,” the district said in a statement.