A high school in Tennessee has been forced to remain closed for six to eight weeks, while it works to quell a rat infestation that has been seen as an "unavoidable act of nature."
Kirby High School is expected to go through the period of trapping and extermination of the plague after the campus was closed for two weeks, according to Shelby County Superintendent of Schools Dorsey Hopson on Thursday.
It was said that the rats had nested in a car shop near a greenhouse located behind the school in the Memphis area until two weeks ago. It is believed that the creatures migrated to school while cleaning the greenhouse.
Kirby High School will have to close six to eight weeks after closing for two weeks in an effort to combat a rat infestation
Rats in one section of the building have been poisoning but dying in another section of the school, according to Fox 13.
As a result, the smell at school has become almost unbearable.
The Superintendent of Shelby County Schools, Dorsey Hopson, and his team have been looking for potential locations to house the 800 students at the school, including the now closed South Side High and Hickory Ridge Mall.
Hopson and his team have been looking for possible locations to house the 800 students at the school, including the now closed South Side High and Hickory Ridge Mall.
He hopes to solidify the temporary arrangements for next week.
Under the current disruption of the building, students could expect to return to the building in early November.
"I do not want to bring children back and it's not right," Hopson said, according to the Commercial Campaign.
District staff caught 80 rats when the school closed a few weeks ago, Hopson explained.
The school was reopened after Labor Day once the school obtained authorization from health officials.
Board member Kevin Woods said the school was closed after Wednesday for a "great deal of caution"
But the return of the stench caused by dead rats on the walls caused the school to close on Wednesday night.
"We sincerely apologize to our students, families and staff for having to deal with this situation," the district said in a statement Wednesday night.
The school district has stated that it has spent $ 70,000 and 800 hours to address the infestation.
Board member Kevin Woods said the school closed after Wednesday due to a "great deal of caution."
The district is currently seeking solutions that allow students to take classes without being physically in school.
Virtual school programs are a potential source for the classes the district is exploring.
Board member Kevin Woods offered temporary solutions for the closure of the school