Three classrooms have been closed at St Joseph’s Catholic primary on the Wirral and pest control experts called in.
Forty primary school children have been forced to move out of their classroom after a RAT infestation.
Three classrooms were closed at St Joseph’s Catholic primary, in Wallasey , after the school informed the council of the problem on Tuesday.
A total of 40 Foundation Year pupils who use the classrooms have been relocated as a precaution to the nearby Brentwood Early Years Centre, while the other 20 youngsters affected have been accommodated elsewhere in St Joseph’s.
Wirral council said every effort was being made by the headteacher and staff to reduce disruption for the children, with their teachers joining them at the other site until the situation at their school is resolved.
The authority’s health and safety team went to the school earlier this week and called in council pest controllers to tackle the problem.
The classrooms affected have been “deep cleaned”, with treatment and then pest-proofing measures due to be carried out to ensure the rats don’t come back.
One parent of an older child at the school, who did not want to be named, told the Liverpool Echo of her concerns following the outbreak.
She said: “My fear is that they could get bitten or catch something.
“Nursery parents were told to take their children to Brentwood on Wednesday, but I haven’t had anything from the school, it’s all just playground rumours. Some people are saying it’s just droppings, others are saying they’ve seen rats.”
Another parent said: “The health and safety professionals have been in and cleaned up the whole area.
“They only found three juvenile rats, which I think have come in from a piece of grassland by the school.”
It is expected youngsters relocated to Brentwood will not be able to return to their school until early next week.
A Wirral council spokesman said: “The school is being supported by the council’s pest control services and the health, safety and resilience team to help them to manage the situation.”told the Liverpool Echo