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Thirteen more inspections at Columbia Public Schools result in one violation

Inspectors found one non-critical violation at Gentry Middle School.
Inspectors found one non-critical violation at Gentry Middle School.

COLUMBIA, Mo. (KMIZ)

Even though most students at Columbia Public Schools are learning virtually, kitchens are still at work preparing grab-and-go meals.

The Columbia/Boone County health department inspected 13 Columbia schools since ABC 17’s last report. Only one had a non-critical violation -- none of the schools had critical violations.

Inspectors reported that hot water at Gentry Middle School’s hand sink was not at least 100 degrees Fahrenheit.

Schools with no violations:

  • Nov. 12 Blue Ridge Elementary School
  • Nov. 16: Derby Ridge Elementary School
    This was a reinspection after investigators found a spoiled ice machine on Nov. 12. All violations were corrected.
  • Dec. 1: John Warner Middle School
  • Dec. 1: Rock Bridge High School
  • Dec. 2: Lange Middle School
  • Dec. 7: Ridgeway Elementary School
  • Dec. 7: Douglas High School
  • Dec. 9: Smithton Middle School
  • Dec. 9: Oakland Middle School
  • Dec. 10: Columbia Area Career Center
  • Dec. 10: Hickman High School
  • Dec. 14: West Middle School

Columbia Public Schools added seven schools to the list of those at which families can pick up grab-and-go meals second semester. Below is a list of all locations and when meals are available for pick up.

  • Hickman High School (West entrance): 9:30 and 11 a.m.
  • Beulah Ralph Elementary School: 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
  • Derby Ridge Elementary School: 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
  • Midway Heights Elementary School: 10:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
  • Mill Creek Elementary School: 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
  • Parkade Elementary School: 10:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
  • Alpha Hart Lewis Elementary School: 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
  • Blue Ridge Elementary School: 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
  • Paxton Keeley Elementary School: 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
  • Rock Bridge Elementary School: 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
  • Oakland Middle School: 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
  • Jefferson Middle School: 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
  • West Middle School: 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

You can find the bus routes for grab-and-go meals here. 

In the time period from July 1 - mid-November, the district served 363,248 grab-and-go meals and 472,670 in-person meals, for a total of 835,918 meals.

In 2019, CPS served 1,199,038 meals from July 1 through Dec. 30 -- including student and adult lunches and breakfasts.

According to Aurora Meyer, a communications manager at CPS, there were 43 inspections in 2019 and health officials found five critical violations. 

So far this school year, there has been just one critical violation and one non-critical violation in a total of 23 inspections. As of Wednesday, 12 schools still had not been inspected.

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Molly Stawinoga

Molly Stawinoga is ABC 17’s weekday morning anchor and a reporter at ABC 17 News. Molly joined the news team in 2017 while studying political science, journalism and Spanish at the University of Missouri. She is originally from DeKalb, Illinois.

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