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13 Action News informed Health District of rats at school before school did

Posted at 6:35 PM, Nov 12, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-12 22:53:12-05

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — The Southern Nevada Health District says it was not aware of a rat problem at a Las Vegas elementary school until 13 Action News reached out about it.

We first reported a rat problem at Evelyn Stuckey Elementary School last week.

According to the SNHD, schools are required to report health hazards and the presence of rodents is considered a health hazard.

Emails obtained by 13 Action News show the assistant principal sent an email to teachers asking them to not leave food out, saying in part, "We have RATS in the building. This has been an ongoing issue for the past year or so due to teachers leaving food in the classroom."

That email was sent Nov. 5.

Two days later, on Nov. 7, the school sent an email to parents addressing the rat problem and saying they were taking care of it.

One day after that, on Nov. 8, 13 Action News reached out to the Health District who said our email was the first they heard about a rat problem and the school had never reported it.

Both the Clark County School District and the Health District confirmed they are now working together to correct the problem.

Parents expressed their concern about the rules not being followed, but many we spoke to said Stuckey is a good school and they were happy the problem is being taken care of now.