Monticello School District tosses student breakfasts after cockroaches found

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MONTICELLO – The Monticello
Central School District threw out a supply of prepared and stored bags
of breakfast meals after several Robert J. Kaiser Middle School teachers
saw four cockroaches inside two breakfast packs on September 22.
Administrators 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, officials said.
As a replacement, all students who participate in the breakfast program were given the option of cereal bars, fruit and milk for breakfast.
The incident was reported to the head custodian, who launched an investigation to determine the source and remedy for the problem.
“We are relieved that alert staff members quickly notified administrators so that the meals could be collected and discarded,” said 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.”
School officials said while the district is confident this was a unique incident and student health was not jeopardized, parents are encouraged to contact the school’s nurse or their own doctor if they are concerned that their child may be adversely affected.