Principal Darryl Denhalter noticed kids coming in from recess with mosquito bites and scratch marks, some of which he described as “kind of severe.”
In his five years at the helm at Holbrook, this is the first time there has been a problem, said Denhalter. It is likely the mosquitoes are thicker this year due to standing water in a city reservoir nearby, he said.
Denhalter sent a letter to parents suggesting they consider applying mosquito repellant to their children before sending them to school.
He also contacted the Mosquito Abatement District of Davis County, and believes they came at 10 p.m. on Wednesday.
Parents have been largely supportive, said Denhalter, and have thanked him for being proactive.
Holbrook students are still enjoying the outside playground, he said, but can stay on the blacktop if mosquitoes are a problem.