Photos, video released of rodents that infested Jacksonville Elementary School, cafeteria forced closure in April


JACKSONVILLE, Florida. – Newly obtained photos and video document a rodent infestation at a Jacksonville elementary school.

As the cafeteria at Cedar Hills Elementary School was closed in April as custodial staff and exterminators worked to resolve a rodent infestation on campus, Duval County Public Schools sent the images and videos at News4JAX on Monday.

In the video taken last month, screams can be heard as a rodent scurries across the school floor.

Photos show adult rodents and babies on tiled and wooden floors. In one of the pictures, it looks like a rodent is hanging from the ceiling.

TO SEE: Pictures of rodents at Cedar Hills Elementary School

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When the school cafeteria closure was first reported, families were notified with a message from Cedar Hills Elementary Principal Marva McKinney, who stressed the importance of full transparency regarding any situation that may affect the education of students.

“I’m calling to share that rodents have been spotted on our campus and inside our school building,” McKinney’s post said last month. “For this reason, we are taking several steps following the advice of our pest control contractor and district maintenance staff.”

McKinney said the school had closed the school cafeteria, the main place where rodents were found, allowing exterminators to implement an “aggressive treatment plan” and minimize the impact on the functioning of school. The principal’s message said the plan included the “safe trapping and disposal” of rodents. During the extermination efforts, the school planned to have food prepared offsite and served to students outside the cafeteria.

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News4JAX asked the district on Monday for an update on the mitigation process.

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