Seadrift School evacuated April 21st

Posted on 04/21/2017
Gas leak

                                           *UPDATE*
The following letter is being sent home with students today to make sure that parents are fully informed about the events of today:

April 21, 2017

Dear parents,

This morning, students and staff at Seadrift School safely evacuated the main school building, due to a detection of natural gas.  Students and staff went to designated evacuation points, both inside the gymnasium and on the playground.  The evacuation lasted about two hours. An early review of the incident has connected the source of the gas with some work that was done last night on equipment in the cafeteria by an outside company. 

The following protocols were put into place to ensure safety and security during the evacuation:

  • The building was closely monitored and opened up. Fans were set up to circulate fresh air.
  • The building was checked by the CCISD maintenance/safety department with carbon monoxide detectors.
  • The Seadrift Fire Department Chief and Assistant Chief were contacted. 
  • The Calhoun County Fire Marshall dispatched the Calhoun County Fire Department with carbon monoxide detectors, and they did another thorough inspection of the building.
  • CenterPoint Energy sent an inspector who also went through the building with detectors. They also did a line test.   
  • It was determined that Seadrift School did not have a gas leak, and all levels were at 0 on all detectors. 
  • Inspectors representing CCISD, Port Lavaca Fire Department and CenterPoint Energy all agreed that students and staff could return back to the school building safely, and the school could return to normal operations.

A statement informing the public about the evacuation was posted on Calhoun County ISD’s web site, Facebook page and Twitter account. Information was also sent to the Port Lavaca Wave newspaper.

“The safety and security of our students, staff and community is always CCISD’s top priority.” said Dr. James Cowley, Superintendent of Schools.  “Thank you to our staff both at Seadrift School and with our Maintenance Department for their prompt response to this situation.”

If you have any questions or concerns, please call the school.  Mrs. Hoggett or Mrs. Wehmeyer will be happy to talk with you.

Sincerely,

 

Melissa Hoggett

Seadrift principal

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Posted earlier today:

Students and staff at Seadrift School have safely evacuated the main school building due to a detection of natural gas.

The building is being monitored and fans have been set up inside the building.

An early review of the incident has connected the source of the gas with some work that had recently been conducted on equipment located in the cafeteria.

A complete investigation is underway.

“The safety and security of our students, staff and community is always Calhoun County ISD’s top priority,” said Dr. James Cowley, Superintendent of Schools.  “Thank you to our staff both at Seadrift School and with our Maintenance Department for their prompt response to this situation.”

 At this time, it has been deemed safe to allow staff and students back in the building.