Health Department Roundup: Check Out These Schools

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We haven't eaten in a school cafeteria in a long time. Our high school had open lunches and we usually went elsewhere. We worked as an HISD substitute teacher for a while and usually spent lunches in a classroom with a sandwich, wondering if Mama Cass suffered much or if it was quick. (Subbing is not very much fun.) So it's been well over a decade, back in middle school. The old version of Pershing never struck us as particularly clean, but apparently schools nowadays keep things right. The Health Department has inspected quite a few public and private campuses lately, and most of them have avoided major violations.

Completely clean: Bane Elementary (5805 Kaiser); River Oaks Baptist School (2300 Willowick); Sharpstown High (7504 Bissonnet); Moore Elementary (8880 Southbluff).

Ermel Elementary (7103 Woodsman Trail) earned three violations: Refuse containers not stored on a proper surface; non-food-contact surfaces not kept clean of dust/dirt/debris; and not enough soap available at hand-washing sinks.

Shadydale Elementary (5905 Tidwell, feeds into Sketchyhill Middle School) had a water fountain that was in dirty, poor repair or installed incorrectly. Which got us thinking - health inspectors must be renaissance men and women to know how to judge the construction of everything from little kids' water fountains to cutlery to plumbing.

A few schools had issues. Forest Brook Middle School (7525 Tidwell) had potentially hazardous food not stored at proper temperatures, as did J. Frank Dobie High (10220 Black Hawk). Herrera Elementary (525 Bennington) didn't have the correct kind of waste receptacle in the rest room; didn't provide water at the correct pressure; did not provide toilet paper at each toilet; and did not keep toilets and water fountains clean and in good repair. Lyons Elementary (800 Roxella) shared Herrera's last three violations. Hamilton Junior High (129 E. 20th) was inspected based on a complaint, apparently, and the city found food not protected from contamination, though that violation was corrected on site.

Moving on from schools, someone complained about the Subway at 8726 Richmond, but inspectors found only that there wasn't the proper "no smoking" sign posted. Whoever reported this Subway didn't get much mileage out of the dime he or she dropped.

Name of the Week: Jesus Dollar (4000 Hollister) got hit with two violations - potentially hazardous food held at improper internal temperatures and food not labeled according to law. (Man's law or God's law, we're not sure.)

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