GUEYDAN, La. (KLFY) UPDATE: Gueydan High will resume operation on Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019, for its scheduled half-day teacher-in-service.
ORIGINAL: Gueydan High School is closed until Wednesday due to some unexpected visitors.
Hundreds of bats found their way into the facility, forcing the school to close.
“We had 600 bats flying around in the hallways,” Vermilion Parish Superintendent Jerome Puyau said today. He said the animals may have found their way into the campus through a vent or some other form of opening.
Broussard said it was in the school’s best interest to temporarily close the school. She said school officials have contacted bat exclusion experts who will come in the school tomorrow to remove the bat colony.
“We just want to make sure that we have them removed and that the cleanup is all taken care of so that our kids can be safe and back to school on Wednesday,” Broussard said.
Kerry Richard facilities manager with the Vermilion Parish School board says officials have been preparing the high school to be bat free for a while now.
“It’s been a week or so that we’ve been messing with this with these bats,” Richard said. “Not knowing where they’re entering from. trying to find a particular location but we recognized that these vents were open and the bat infestation is somewheres in this area here with the foam.”
“We’ll have to make an audit to make sure there are no stragglers,” Puyau.