Stanton Elementary to open after bat problem kept school closed

By: Whitney Wetzel Email
By: Whitney Wetzel Email

POWELL COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) - Students at Stanton Elementary School will be able to return to their homerooms Wednesday, after a bat problem kept them home for an extra two days after the Thanksgiving holiday.

When asked how long bats have been a problem inside the school, Michael Tate, Superintendent of Powell County Schools says "Well, it depends on who you talk to I guess. But we were aware of it this fall."

Students and teachers at Stanton Elementary have been dealing with a bat problem over the last couple of weeks. School officials say there had been several bat sightings in classrooms, hallways and the gym.

All of the schools in the district were closed Monday and Tuesday so officials could take care of the problem. The gym's ceiling and walls have now been sealed. School officials believe at one time there may have been up to 20 bats residing in that part of the school.

Officials also took the two days off to clean and sanitize the building. The health department has since given the OK to let students back inside.

"We're looking forward to getting our students back in the building," says Tate. "I think they'll be excited to get back in here tomorrow morning."

Stanton Elementary School students also spent about seven days having class at other county schools and churches while the building was being assessed and cleaned.

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