Dog poop on school grounds grows problem in Murray district

Dog poop on school grounds grows problem in Murray district

MURRAY, Utah – Playground was supposed to be fun, but lately it’s become a stinking mess for the Murray School District students because of the dog feces on the playground.

“We’re scraping the poop off their shoes,” said Teresa Bigelow, secretary at McMillan Elementary. “It’s in the hallway. You’ve been to my office. It’s been in the classroom. So it’s a mess.”

Teachers, secretaries and playground monitors across the district are dealing with students stepping, sitting or rolling in dog droppings.

“I have pants and shirts because they fell on them,” Bigelow said of the extra clothes she keeps in her office for students.

School officials said the issue is causing disruptions to the school day and disturbing students.

“We had a kid earlier who broke down because of it,” said Kerri McCullough, a music teacher and playground aide.

McCullough said frustrations are reaching a boiling point.

“It’s almost a daily basis,” she said. “It’s so frustrating to come to school knowing it’s going to be part of your job: cleaning up after someone who hasn’t.”

The district said it doesn’t have enough money or staff to oversee the school’s grounds 24 hours a day. It’s asking the public to clean up after their pets and remind others to do the same.

“When our recess duties catch up, we try to help the kids remove it before entering the building,” said a district blog post published Thursday. “Sometimes it’s so bad that we have to replace shoes and clothes with what we have on hand or by calling parents. Other times, it goes unnoticed until a child comes in from recess and spreads it on the floor (including the carpet), interrupting instruction and embarrassing the students.”

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The district said that if a reminder doesn’t work, violations can be reported to authorities.

“Failing to clean up after a pet on school grounds violates Utah Code 53G-7-210,” the blog post read. “This school trespass law protects against misuse of school grounds that ‘interferes with the function or purpose of the school.’”

Source : ksltv.com

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