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UPDATE: Gueydan High students report for half-day Wednesday

Posted: 4:15 PM, Jan 29, 2019
Updated: 2019-01-29 21:00:30-05

Today, bats are being removed from a Gueydan High School, and students will report for a half-day on Wednesday.

The closure of the school was announced Monday after hundreds of bats were found inside Gueydan High School, according to Superintendent Jerome Puyau.

Gueydan High school will resume school on Wednesday, January 30 for a scheduled half-day teacher in-service.

Students will report to the gymnasium for a motivational speaker.

Parents and guardians are asked to drop off students at the rear of the campus near the band because the main building will not be accessible as cleaning continues, according to the VPSB.

Students will be released at 11:50 a.m., and normal classes will resume on Thursday.

Earlier today, Puyau stated that the school will be professionally cleaned, and the area where the bats are entering the interior of the school is temporarily cordoned off. This temporary wall will keep the bats who are still hiding inside the wall an exit out through the roof and another interior space that will stop them from entering the entire facility.

The bats were allowed to leave naturally before closing openings around the building. The animals remaining in the school will be caught and relocated to another location.


Gueydan High School is closed today (January 28th) because of a bat infestation, the mayor confirms.

Mayor Jude Reese says the city has offered to help the school take care of the problem.

Superintendent Jerome Puyau says Gueydan High School will be closed Tuesday, January 29 as well.

Courtesy: Kerry Richard, facilities manager at Vermilion Parish School Board

According to Puyau, they had 600 bats flying around the hallways. He says the animals may have found their way into the campus through a vent or some other opening.

The bats will be allowed to leave naturally before closing openings around the building.

Courtesy: Kerry Richard, facilities manager at Vermilion Parish School Board