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County Health Inspector to Visit Robert Hunter School; District Bars Reporter From Attending

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RARITAN TWP., NJ – In the wake of the discovery of dozens of mice at Robert Hunter School this month, a county health inspector plans to inspect the school this afternoon.

School Superintendent Dr. Maryrose Caulfield has barred TAPinto Flemington from attending the inspection.

Concerns about the rodents have been mounting since mice were found in dozens of classrooms at the school earlier this month.

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As previously reported, documents claim that School Nurse Susanna Cunniff “is expressing concerns that a number of our classrooms may be unhealthy for the students and teachers.”

The school’s exterminator told school officials that it “has had off and on issues with rodent activity” in classrooms, the main office, kitchen and storage areas, and that “mice are generally removed from the kitchen and faculty lounge during each monthly visit.”

In a message to parents last week, Caulfield wrote that the health inspector was to visit the school May 9, but delayed the inspection so that he could “review all reports and information first.”

County Administrator Kevin Davis gave county approval for TAPinto to accompany the health inspector on his visit to the school, but said the “final determination” rested with the school district.

Such a visit by the working press “would be inappropriate ... on school grounds in these circumstances,” Caulfield wrote in an email. “School is in session.”

The inspection was to be at 3:30 p.m. today; Davis advised in an email this morning that the time had been changed to 1 p.m.

Caulfield didn’t respond to an email seeking clarification of her denial.

TAPinto staff has visited district schools previously, such as when it reported on Unity Day at Reading-Fleming Intermediate School, which is also part of the Flemington-Raritan School District.

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