Bats force closure of Stanton Elementary School

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STANTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Stanton Elementary School will be closed Thursday and Friday because of an ongoing problem with bats.

The school has been working for weeks to get rid of the pests, but haven't had much luck. Bats are in the gym, classrooms, and hallways.

Elementary School Principal James Crase says that's a hazard and student safety comes first.

"Before we can educate, or do anything in school we have to have that basic trust with parents that they know when they send them to us, that we are taking the best possible care of their children," said Crase.

As long as there are bats inside, students have to stay out. Only staff and faculty are allowed in. Which means parents have to find someone to watch their kids during the day.

"We do have somebody but for other parents, they don't have anybody they can watch them so they kind of have to take the day off or try to find somebody to watch them," explained Bobbi Roe, mother of two Stanton students.

School officials ask for patience while they fix the problem at the school.

"End of the day we want out kids back in Stanton Elementary School and we feel like Stanton Elementary is a great school and this is a great community," said Superintendent Michael Tate.

District officials are scouting other locations just in case this bat problem continues beyond this week.

Exterminators began working at Stanton Thursday afternoon.

More than 400 students attend the school.

Only Stanton Elementary will be closed. All other Powell County schools will be open Thursday and Friday.

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