Bats Removed from an Alabama High School


Jefferson County Schools (Birminghamil, Alabama) Superintendent said that bats were found by crew members inside shades Valley High School’s walls.

What Has Been Done

Dr. Gonsoulin said that the school is being cleaned.

A letter was sent out by the doctor to parents.


“Shades Valley High School and JCIB Family,

We wanted to inform you about a situation and our response to it.

Recently bats were discovered on the Shades Valley campus. Most were confined inside the walls and an independent company removed the majority of them.

However, since our initial mitigation efforts, a few have reappeared. I want to stress these are isolated incidents and we believe our mitigation efforts are working. If a bat is discovered we immediately have the company come back and remove it. Our custodians are also cleaning on a regular basis. We also have a third-party cleaning company on contract and available to provide additional support should it become necessary. We do not believe there is any danger to students, faculty, or staff.

As many of you are aware the fine arts night, originally scheduled for Thursday, was postponed. That was to allow us time to remove bats from the theater. We hope to reschedule soon.

I again want to stress we are on top of this situation. The school administration and I are more than willing to discuss any concerns.


Dr. Walter Gonsoulin


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