Fletcher describes chemical spill at high school
As for the chemical spill:
Chemical Spill at Lawrence County High School Storage Room
“The chemicals that were spilled in our chemical storage room have been cleaned and disposed. Ashland Fire Department’s Hazard Materials Team removed the actual liquids that were spilled. (Approximately 0.5 – 1.0 gallons of chemicals were involved.) Unfortunately, the chemicals seeped into the floor tiles, sheet rock at the floor border, and some wooden shelving. The Weavertown Environmental Group was called to remove the affected materials, and all have been removed. The environmental group also finalized the sanitizing process today, which included multiple air quality tests in the storage area, adjoining classrooms, and hallway. All test results were good, thus Lawrence County Schools will be in session on December 8, 2016.
The decision to call of school (for December 7) was made out of an overabundance of caution. We wanted to ensure that the lab storage area, as well as the adjoining classrooms, were safe for our staff and students. School officials were permitted in the storage area earlier today, but we wanted to take every precaution before making a final decision of whether school is in session for tomorrow. Our sincerest gratitude to Lawrence County Emergency Management, our Police and Fire Department officials, the Ashland Fire Department, the Weavertown Environmental Group, and our school staff members for all efforts for the safety of our students.”
Robbie L. Fletcher, EdD
Superintendent, Lawrence County Schools