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Patriot HS Resumes Classes After Evacuation

| September 19, 2016 | 0 Comments | Education
Patriot High School courtesy of Prince William County Schools.

Patriot High School courtesy of Prince William County Schools.

After an evacuation of Patriot High School, Monday, the school’s administration¬†has announced that the school day will continue.

Patriot High School was evacuated around 7 a.m., Sept. 19, due to a malfunctioning capacitator.

Consequently, students were moved out of certain areas of the building; others, just arriving at school, were sent home.

According to a letter sent to the Patriot community, classes have resumed, but are following a modified scheduled.

Those students who were sent home from school will receive an excused absence; however, they will need to bring to school a note signed by a parent or guardian to school within two days.

The following is the letter shared by Prince William County Schools:

Dear Patriot Community:

In keeping with our ongoing commitment to communicate effectively with our school community, I am writing to advise you about an incident that occurred today and the steps taken to ensure the safety of our students and staff.

At approximately 6:48 a.m., the building was evacuated and students and staff were relocated to the stadium. The fire department responded quickly and determined that the odor and smoke came from a capacitor that had malfunctioned.

At 8:15 a.m., students were moved back to the building. At 9:06 a.m., a modified two-hour late schedule began- 2nd block (9:06-10:34), 4th block (10:40-12:35), and 6th block (12:41-2:10).

Because this event happened during the arrival of approximately 2744 students, the best interests of those students were taken into consideration in ensuring their safety.

We appreciate the patience and understanding from our community this morning. If your student was unable to make it to school, please send a note within two days of their return for the absence to be excused.

Thank you for your understanding and continued support.

The letter was not signed. It was shared by the Prince William County Schools, Department of Communications. 

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