School abuzz with bees

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SOUTHINGTON, Conn. — The buzz around one Connecticut school is not about the start of the new school year but about the bees swarming the playground.

The bees shut down Strong Elementary School’s playground in the spring and now parents are worried about sending their children back to class.

School Superintendent Tim Connellan said the “digger bees” were the problem last spring, but the district does not anticipate a problem this coming fall.

“Apparently they like the type of sand and soil that is present in this part of town,” Connellan said, adding that the district is trying to get as much information as possible to make sure the bees don’t return next spring.

Amelia Aguero’s grandson attends Strong Elementary, and she remembers school officials telling her, and others, last year to not go on the playground because of the bees.

Connellan said the district was told it could not have pesticides sprayed in the spring, so he wants to find out what kind of procedure is appropriate so that the playground is ready for the students next spring.

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