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Classes resume on North Little Rock, Ark., high school campus after bat infestation is removed

Feb. 24, 2023
North Little Rock High School switched to remote learning for several days while the district worked to rid the facility of the rodents.

North Little Rock High School and the Center of Excellence charter school that shares the campus have resumed operations in most of the North Little Rock, Ark., facility.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that Superintendent Gregory J. Pilewski has announced that the school had been declared safe after last week's infestation of bats.

Classes that take place in the upper K Tower, specifically K-217 and K-226, will be closed off until further notice, he said. 

"This area has been identified as a possible point of entry for the bats," Pilewski said. "The principals will communicate where classes that meet in these rooms will convene as district staff and professional exterminators monitor bat activity and have the area professionally cleaned."

Pilewski said a cleaning company has been hired "to deep clean the cafeteria, the kitchen, and the affected classrooms."

Posters have been placed in the building to remind students and employees not to touch a bat should they encounter one.


News Conference on Bats: February 24, 2023 from NLR School District on Vimeo.

Earlier: A high school in Arkansas has switched to remote learning after bats were discovered inside the school’s main building.

KATV-TV reports that Friday was the third day that the North Little Rock High School campus in North Little Rock has been closed to students. The campus is home to North Little Rock High and the Center for Excellence, a charter high school.

The campus pivoted to “100% remote learning" after the bat infestation was discovered.

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