Bats force Richmond Senior HS to cancel class Tuesday, Wednesday

RICHMOND COUNTY, N.C. — Bats have forced the Richmond County school district to cancel classes at Richmond Senior High School on Tuesday and Wednesday.

School district officials said there is no reason to believe that the bats found in the school are diseased, but they said parents should err on the side of caution and question children about any possible contact.

The district is working with an animal removal specialist and all entry points are being sealed off with a bat valve. The valve is meant to prevent bats from entering.

Richmond Senior High School, Early College and Ninth Grade Academy dismissed classes early Monday due to the bats. Early College and Ninth Grade Academy are back to their regular schedules Tuesday and Wednesday.

There are no reports of students near the bats, but if parents discover that a child was in contact with one on campus, they’re asked to call the Richmond County Health Department at 910-997-8301.

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