Snakes at elementary school killed; staff takes precautions
Several cottonmouth snakes were reportedly found on the grounds of Raintree Elementary School in Baldwin last week.
School staff killed four immature snakes late in the week, according to reports. A Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries agent verified the species.
St. Mary Parish Superintendent of Schools Dr. Donald Aguillard said measures have been enacted in light of the discovery.
“Maintenance personnel immediately responded to cut grass, perform weed eating around structures, and address vegetation in open ditches,” Aguillard said. “School personnel moved playground equipment to make certain snakes were not hiding under the equipment. School personnel will scan and walkthrough outside areas ahead of students leaving the building.”
Raintree Elementary is located in the Raintree Subdivision area just off Ralph Darden Memorial Parkway. It is largely surrounded by undeveloped, grassy area or sugar cane fields.
“Presence of snakes on campus is not a first time event,” Aguillard pointed out. “Raintree is situated in the middle of cane fields and is bounded by open ditches in the front of the school and bus drop-off area. The public is assured that the campus will be closely monitored before any students leave the main building for activities.”