In a strange turn
of events, it was not the COVID-19 pandemic that put a hitch in the Duneland
Schools reopening plan: it was a contingent of bats that have taken up
residence inside Chesterton Middle School.
Schools were slated to reopen in a hybrid learning model today, Tuesday,
Aug. 25, so willing students could attend school in-person for part of the
week in spite of COVID-19.
All schools did
just that, except for CMS, which is closed today while the Administration
consults with Shamrock Wildlife Removal and the Porter County Purdue
Extension Office about removing the bats alive and cleaning up after them,
Duneland Schools Public Relations Director Bridget Martinson told the
Chesterton Tribune this morning.
“They just got in
the wrong place, poor things,” Martinson said. She was not able to confirm
exactly how the bats were discovered yesterday.
Parents were sent a
message early Monday afternoon alerting them that several bats were found
inside CMS, and CMS students would be participating in remote learning while
the bats are dealt with. A determination about when to reopen will be made
daily by 1 p.m., the message said.
At deadline today,
Martinson was reporting that three bats had been captured alive and well.
The total number of bats that have chosen the Duneland Difference for their
learning experience, however short and dramatic it may turn out to be, is as
of yet, unknown.