District boosts pest management and prevention practices

A pest management and prevention plan is being reinforced at Fayetteville-Manlius High School after signs of mice were recently discovered in some areas of the building.

During routine cleaning in October, an F-M custodial staff member reported evidence of mice in some areas of the school, prompting a full inspection of the building by an external pest control service. The inspection revealed evidence of mice in some classrooms, including the library, and the school’s cafeteria and kitchen facilities.

A corrective action plan designed to effectively remove the mice and prevent additional pest entry has been implemented, and the affected areas, which in the school’s kitchen included the floor behind shelving units and not near food preparation areas, have been thoroughly cleaned. Throughout the next two months, the pest control service will conduct weekly visits to F-M High School to monitor the situation.

“The health, safety and success of our students and staff members is paramount,” said F-M Superintendent of Schools Craig J. Tice. “We strive to provide an environment that’s clean and inviting and encourages students to do their best.”

During a routine New York State Department of Health (NYS DOH) inspection of F-M High School’s cafeteria and kitchen areas on Oct. 15, district officials provided an update to the examiner about the school’s corrective action plan. At the time of the inspection, which coincided with the start of the plan, all traces of pest activity in the cafeteria and kitchen were resolved. NYS DOH will perform a follow-up inspection within the next two weeks.

Each of the district’s school buildings and facilities are thoroughly inspected by custodial staff on a routine basis and no evidence of pests have been reported in any other buildings. Additionally, the kitchen and cafeteria areas at Enders Road and Fayetteville elementary schools, and Eagle Hill Middle School were inspected by NYS DOH this fall and did not receive any violations.