Okay, I am trying to hurry because Blogger is stating they have a scheduled outage in less than 15 minutes and with our dial up connection I am not sure how long this will take to post.
We received an email from the superintendent of the schools yesterday. Apparently, Weston's teacher is the one who came in contact with the bat last Thursday.
Here's the email:
A bat found in the gymnasium of OUR Elementary on October 9th, 2008 has tested positive for rabies. The bat was found after it came in contact with the foot of a teacher. The bat was captured and turned over to the OUR County Animal Control Officer for identification and testing. The District also notified the OUR B-County Health Department.
The teacher who came in contact with the bat is receiving precautionary medical treatment to prevent infection from rabies. There is no indication that contact with any student occurred. School officials immediately employed wildlife removal experts to examine the school and work is in progress to prevent future entries by bats into the building. No evidence of other bats was found and school will resume as scheduled on Tuesday, October 14th.
We sent them all to school, I think all the parents did, but this was after the children told me more stories of spotting bats at the school in the last few years. My biggest question? Why is this the first we've heard about it at home?
Personally, I like bats, they usually leave us alone and are major pest eaters, but the rabies issue changes my opinion. Even our little town can have excitement once in awhile....
If we are going to have excitement, why can't it be something fun and positive....Rabies!