Darien Public Schools Do Well in Recent Health Inspections

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Printouts of Darien Health Department inspection reports, with Tokeneke School's on top. You can get the same thing on a Health Department Web page.

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All seven Darien public schools received high ratings when they were inspected by the Darien Health Department in recent weeks.

At four of the seven schools, visiting inspectors found no problems whatever, and each of those schools received a perfect 100 score on the state scale. In three schools, inspectors found a single problem, but the inspection results were still excellent, and all the schools were deemed “Good” — the highest rating in the separate town ratings system.

The inspections were conducted from May 4 through May 17.

The most recent inspection results

In the list of health inspection results, below, information is listed by name, address, date of inspection, Darien rating, state score, inspector’s comments that led to the state rating and additional remarks on the inspection report. Dates link to the food establishment’s inspection report referenced here, and Darien ratings link to a Web page showing several of the restaurant’s recent inspection ratings.


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Here’s an alphabetical list of the recent  Darien health inspections of school cafeterias:

  • Darien High School — High School Lane — May 17GOOD — 100
  • Hindley School — 10 Nearwater Lane — May 4GOOD — 100
  • Holmes School — 18 Hoyt St. — May 6GOOD — 98 — Inspector’s remarks: “Foods in reach-in [refrigerator] left uncovered.”
  • Middlesex Middle School — 204 Hollow Tree Ridge Road — May 9GOOD — 98 — Inspector’s remarks: “Rubber spatula in disrepair. Thrown away.”
  • Ox Ridge School — 395 Mansfield Ave. — May 5GOOD — 98 — Inspector’s remarks: “No thermometer in service bar cooling unit.”
  • Royle School — 133 Mansfield Ave. — May 9GOOD — 100
  • Tokeneke School — 7 Old Farm Road — May 4 — GOOD — 100

How Darien’s restaurants are rated

Restaurants and other food-serving establishments in town are rated under the Darien Health Department’s own Good/Fair/Poor ratings system. Health inspectors also use the state health code regulations to score restaurants, with a perfect score set at 100, and demerits (of 1 to 4 points each) for various code violations.


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You can find the past several inspection ratings under the Darien ratings system for food-serving establishments on this website, and now you can also find copies of inspection reports, including state health code scores in the same place.

Any establishment actually deemed unsafe can be closed by the town Health Department until violations are fixed. Town Health Director David Knauf says that has never happened in the time he’s been with the department.

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