The Virgin Islands Department of Health received calls Monday morning, March 6th at approximately 8:15 am from the Department of Education. The Department of Health Inspector on duty immediately responded to the Ricardo Richards Elementary School Campus. Upon arrival, the Inspector observed evidence of sewage (via the odor) in the cafeteria area, which was vacant and had been cleaned at the time. The Inspector directed officials as to restricting the use and access to the affected area and asked school officials for a plan of action to secure the safety of the students and employees.
School officials proposed the utilization of the Ricardo Richards library as a temporary solution. DOH Inspector inspected the library and instructed school officials of the steps necessary to utilize the space for the children to use as an eating facility. School officials complied with Ms. Hendricks instructions and food was safely served in the library. All food for the lunch program was to be prepared on another campus until the sewage problem was rectified completely.
This morning, DOH Inspectors revisited the school to assess the progress and observe that all Department of Health mandates were met and continuing to be maintained. Upon inspection it was revealed that the sewage issue had been rectified and the area had been cleaned. The Kitchen area was also re-inspected for proper facilitation and health standards for serving the students and safe working conditions for employees. The Department of Health authorized the use of the cafeteria for serving the students as of Wednesday March 9th.