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Middle school student breakfasts discarded

Sept. 22, 2015

The Monticello Central School District Food Service Department discarded a supply of prepared and stored bags of breakfast meals after several Robert J. Kaiser Middle School teachers saw a total of four cockroaches inside two breakfast bags on Sept. 22.

Administrators immediately notified the school’s Food Service Department, which sealed and disposed of the remaining bagged meals in an outside garbage container. Teachers collected and disposed of any bagged meals that had already been given to students. Cockroaches were found in two bags that were served.

As a replacement, all students who participate in the breakfast program were given the option of cereal bars, fruit and milk for breakfast.

Administrators immediately reported the incident to the head custodian, who launched an investigation to determine the source and remedy the problem.

“We are relieved that alert staff members quickly notified administrators so that the meals could be collected and discarded,” said Robert J. Kaiser Middle School Principal Nichole Horler. “Our food service and custodial staff are reviewing our food storage and service practices to make sure this doesn’t happen again.”

While the district is confident that this was a unique incident and that student health was not jeopardized, parents are encouraged to contact the school’s nurse or their own physician if they are concerned that their child may be adversely affected. Anyone with questions or concerns is asked to contact Principal Horler at (845) 796-3058 or Assistant Superintendent for Business Lisa Failla at 845-794-7700, ext. 70525.