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Gueydan High School reopening after bat infestation

Posted at 11:06 PM, Jan 29, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-30 00:06:24-05

Students at Gueydan High School are headed back to school on Wednesday, but not before they learn about what to do if they see a bat in the building.

School was canceled Monday and Tuesday after staff found around 600 bats in the school. Some parents are hoping the issue is resolved quickly.

“We cleaned up what was left inside the building, but we found some more that were still left in the building,” said Kerry Richard.

Richard is the facilities manager for the Vermilion Parish School Board, and he said they decided to reopen every area they had sealed to let the bats out on their own again.

“After that process, we will move forward in having some exclusion devices, and the bats are going to be able to leave the property, but they won’t be able to enter again,” Richard said.

Richard told KATC that a bat expert says the process of getting rid of all the bats could take a while; however, they could reopen school because all of the bats are contained to one area.

When the students return to school, they will be given a flyer, warning them what they should do if they come in contact with a bat and reminding them to never touch a wild animal.

“I think the kids should wait until they have an exterminator come before they step into the classroom. They need someone to come in to test for germs and stuff like that,” one parent explained.

While some parents are worried, some students believe it will all work out.

“I think they’re going to get it under control,” Sade Smith said.

The students will return back to their main campus on Thursday for a full day of classes. On Wednesday, the school will open for a half-day, releasing at 11:50 a.m.

More details can be read here.