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Pigeons close school

Antoinette Connell

Pigeons close school

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A worsening pigeon problem has forced the shutdown of Ellerton Primary School for the rest of the week after staff and students complained of, among other things, itchy skin.

The ceiling of one block was ripped down yesterday as workers began a clean-up of the St George school following reports of mites, piles of sickening pigeon droppings and an awful stench there.  

The 271 pupils and 40 infants in the nursery, along with the staff of just over 20, were sent home earlier this week and again yesterday because of the long-standing complaint of ailments from pigeons nesting in the ceiling.

It is the second time since the school term started on September 8 that a primary school has been affected by environmental problems. Students of Grazettes Primary are being housed in two churches – at the Breath of Life and Ebenezer Seventh-day Adventist – after suffering from the lingering effects of a chemical used in fogging the school.

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