REMOTE LEARNING: North Little Rock High School will continue remote learning tomorrow as it continues to address the problem of bats in the school.

North Little Rock High School and the Center of Excellence will continue with remote learning Thursday as it continues its work to remove bats from the school

Superintendent Gregory Pilewski said professional exterminators are working to solve the problem and that the school has contacted the Arkansas Department of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission for their advice on the situation. 

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Here’s what Pilewski said in a letter later this afternoon: 

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we have been addressing the bat issue in the main high school building complex. Throughout the day, professional exterminators and our maintenance staff have been on campus to locate bats and their point of entry into the building. Additionally, we invited the Arkansas Department of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission to the school, advising us on the next steps for the safety of our employees and students.

All after-school activities, practices and athletic events that take place inside the school are also canceled. Students in need of breakfast and lunch can go to their nearest NLRSD elementary school, Pilewski said. 

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Trey Reid, Game and Fish’s assistant chief of communications, said Game and Fish’s nongame mammal program biologist, Blake Sasse, met with Pilewski and other school officials today to “help them navigate the situation.”

Reid said he didn’t know what measures are being used to eliminate the problem but said typical protocol is to find the bats’ entrances and exits and install a “one-way portal that allows the bats to leave but not to re-enter.”

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