School officials respond to mouse feces found on breakfast packaging

Posted: 7:02 PM, Mar 21, 2016
Updated: 2016-03-22 00:11:35Z
School officials respond to mouse feces found on breakfast packaging

Mexia ISD's Superintendent Dr. Sharon Ross is apologizing after mouse feces and urine were found on breakfast packaging at Head Start in Mexia earlier this month.

On Friday, March 11, parents with children at Head Start in Mexia were sent home with a letter that said their child "may have been exposed to mouse feces and urine on breakfast packaging from Mexia ISD."

Parents are outraged about it, but the district says they are doing everything they can to prevent it from happening again.

"I'm apologizing for what happened and I'm telling you it will not happen again," said Ross.

On Monday, Ross said this is the first time she had ever heard of or seen a situation like this, but she wants parents to know she is handling the situation.

On March 11, Ross said she was informed about the mouse droppings found on the cereal boxes that were delivered to Mexia ISD to the Head Start in Mexia and immediately made phone calls to order to staff to start investigating.

Since then, the district has put new plans in place to make sure it doesn't happen again.

"We don't know how the mouse got in, we have been investigating," said Ross. "But the procedures that I've put in place now is that two people will sign off when they package food that goes to Head Start. In addition, two people will also be driving in a vehicle together to deliver, to stand and to take food out so that they can sign off on anything that could not be right."

Head Start in Mexia is not a school within Mexia ISD, but the school district provides food for the program.