51 health violations found at Florida high school

Published On: Apr 09 2013 06:59:32 AM HST
DELAND, Fla. -

Bugs, feral cats, dirt and trash were just some of the conditions and violations found at a central Florida high school.

DeLand High School in Volusia County failed its facility health inspections in March and not just by a small margin.

Students and parents alike were disturbed to learn that the learning here is going on in unsanitary conditions.

Officials from the health department cited 51 violations in a recent facilities inspection report.

Cleanliness or lack of it the biggest problem, but the report also included everything from a cockroach infestation to feral cats living beneath a portable building.

Environmental health manager Paul Minshew said the problems at DeLand High School are so significant, that they will do a rare re-inspection May 3.

In the pictures Minshew shared, food can be seen splattered on an exterior wall, a filthy floor and the numbers were numerous, food waste bags seen stuffed in a fresh air intake and evidence of bugs in classroom cabinets, even on a teacher's desk were seen.

"We did not actually see an live roaches during that inspection but again lots of dead roaches and droppings from roaches," said Minshew.

Students admit some of the problems are of their own making.

"How these kids treat the school, they just throw their trash on the ground, it's like a nasty little playground," said student Jake Weaver. "It's horrible."

Inspectors are most concerned about children with allergies because dirt, dust and cockroach particles don't serve them well.

"It could be children that may have health affects from the conditions that we found," said Minshew.

Officials at the school said they were short custodians and have seen high absenteeism since the district proposed outsourcing its custodial staff next year.

The cafeteria was inspected separately and it passed.

Maintenance workers and other officials met on Monday to discuss a cleanup plan.

A handful of violations were found at nine other schools.


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