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Health inspection reports show sanitary concerns at Gibson Middle School

Posted at 5:39 PM, Jan 16, 2020

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Smelly showers and broken toilets are two examples of what the Southern Nevada Health District observed during an inspection back in November at Gibson Middle School.

A parent told 13 Action News that they were surprised by such findings at the school, located at 3900 W. Washington Ave.

“Three years, my son had come to the school, and this is his last year, and my son never had a problem,” said parent Marta Ayala.

Inspectors found the bathrooms in the cafeteria having no functional toilets as well as one in the girls’ locker room.

The report also mentioned a sewer smell coming from the drains.

The Clark County School District acknowledged the issues and said the following in a statement released on Thursday:

“Repairs are currently being made to those restrooms, which include replacing the plumbing in the impacted area. It is important to note; students have access to all other restroom facilities in the school.”

In December, a complaint was filed with the health district, claiming the kitchen and cafeteria were disgusting and had issues with rats.

Health inspectors also reported custodians found a rodent in a milk cooler. However, they removed it without seeing evidence of droppings or nesting, and a November inspection in the cafeteria resulted in a zero demerit “A” grade.

One parent told 13 Action News on Thursday that despite these findings, things have been okay in her eyes at the school.

“So far, everything is perfect. I don’t know about some things, but for me, everything is okay,” Ayala said.

The inspections that were reported in November were routine, according to the district, and says all repairs are underway.

CCSD released the following full statement on the recent findings:

“The Clark County School District is focused on addressing the aging infrastructure at our schools.

In October, the staff at Robert O. Gibson Middle School, which opened in 1963, closed a pair of restrooms after noticing an odor and immediately reported the concerns to the proper departments.

Repairs are currently being made to those restrooms, which include
replacing the plumbing in the impacted area. It is important to note; students have access to all other restroom facilities in the school.

The Southern Nevada Health District visited the campus in November on a routine inspection and was informed about the closed restrooms.

Inspectors noted the issue on their report and listed corrective action as “make operational,” which crews were already working on as previously noted.

During the December inspection, staff acknowledged seeing a single rodent the previous day that was immediately removed from campus.

Inspectors found no evidence of rodent nesting.”