Schurr High School
Schurr High School

Rat infestation forces California high school to shut down temporarily

Aug. 19, 2021
Schurr High School in Montebello, Calif., will be closed for 15 days to update the HVAC system and sanitize the facilities.

A rat infestation at Schurr High School in Montebello, Calif.,  has forced the campus to shut down temporarily.

The Los Angeles Times reports that the Montebello Unified School District notified parents of the 2,600 students that the campus would be closed for “the next couple of weeks."

The district decided to shut down the school after teachers returning to the campus last week to prepare for the new school year found dead rats, rat nests and feces in their classrooms.

In addition to the rat infestation, teachers said the air conditioning system was not working properly. Many of the classrooms have no windows.

School officials say they have closed the school largely out of concern that there might be rodent droppings or other health hazards in the HVAC ducts.

Teachers say they have been complaining about rodents, the lack of working air conditioning and other maintenance problems for a long time.

Officials expect the school to reopen in 15 days.

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