ARLINGTON (CBSDFW.COM) – An Arlington school has a rodent infestation, and only after CBS 11 started asking questions did the school district admit to parents that Pope Elementary School have a problem.

The school, located off Chestnut Drive in West Arlington, has been dealing with rats in the school gymnasium for the past three weeks.

Arlington ISD officials say they declined to tell parents because the infestation is not widespread throughout the school, and children and being kept away from the gym, using the cafeteria for physical education classes instead.

A third party contractor has been hired to set traps and block off holes where rats might enter the gymnasium.

Once the rats are gone, the district plans to sanitize the gym to make it ready for students once again.

School cafeterias are inspected twice a year by health code inspectors. The last time Pope Elementary was inspected was in November and they had a perfect score, which is zero.

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