Bethune Middle School on Covington Highway got a score of 60 on Dec. 4. It has since passed its re-inspection.

DeKalb middle school cafeteria passes re-inspection with 99 

UPDATE: A DeKalb County school passed its re-inspection Thursday with a 99. Mary McCleod Bethune Middle School in Decatur previously had a score of 60.

During the health check, an inspector found an employee’s tartar sauce, box of pecans and bottled water mixed in with food used to serve students, according to the health report

That violation was corrected on site. 

ORIGINAL STORY:Dead cockroaches and “live roach activity” in the cafeteria kitchen were just a few of the violations found during a failed health inspection at Mary McCleod Bethune Middle School in Decatur. 

The school, located on Covington Road, failed its health inspection Tuesday with a 60, according to the DeKalb County Board of Health. A 70 is considered a passing score. 

The inspector also saw an employee pick up trash, discard it and then move a pan of cooked hot dogs, according to the inspection report. That employee was instructed to wash their hands.

But the dead insects and unclean hands weren’t the bulk of the issues at the middle school — it was the myriad of maintenance issues inside the girls’ and boys’ bathroom near the cafeteria. 

READ | DeKalb students return to schools in various states of disrepair

MORE | DeKalb backlog shows school maintenance needs never end

In the boys’ bathroom, one sink had no water flowing and another sink had “inadequate (water) flow,” according to the inspection report. There was also a slow leak from the pipes under a third sink. The leak was noted as a repeat violation at the school. 

The inspector also noted a door was missing from one of the stalls in the girls’ bathroom. 

“Please understand that corrective measures have been put into place,” Principal Eric Kemp said in a letter sent home to parents earlier this week. “We have identified the areas of concern and have taken proactive measures to address them. We will continue to monitor the progress.” 

The school also sent a robocall to parents about the failed score. 

Bethune Middle School scored an 83 on its health inspection in February and a 95 on an August 2017 inspection. 

Reinspections are usually completed within 10 days. 

Read the full inspection report here.  

Follow DeKalb County News on Facebook and Twitter 


Support real journalism. Support local journalism. Subscribe to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution today. See offers.

Your subscription to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution funds in-depth reporting and investigations that keep you informed. Thank you for supporting real journalism.