SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – Roosevelt Elementary School and the Roosevelt Administration Building were evacuated Wednesday afternoon due to a gas leak. It is believed the leak was caused by a utility crew working in the area and, as a safety precaution, the district’s evacuation plan was enacted. With assistance from the South Plainfield Police and Fire Departments, all students, teachers, and staff were dismissed and relocated to Our Lady of Czestochowa Church Hall and Parish.
“As a result of the gas leak and the strong smell both inside and outside of the campus, the Roosevelt Administration Building and Roosevelt School were evacuated as a safety precaution,” said Dr. Noreen Lishak, superintendent of schools in the district-wide email and robo call sent out following the Oct. 11 incident. “At no time were your children in danger nor did Roosevelt School sustain any damage.”
According to the superintendent, students were dismissed from the church at 2:55 p.m. however, due to a technical glitch in it’s notification system, the district was ‘unable to notify parents/guardians prior to regular scheduled dismissal time.
Roosevelt School was closed the remainder of the day with Wednesday’s Latchkey Program relocated to the Roosevelt Administration Building Gymnasium.
“I’d like to thank all of the Roosevelt students for the wonderful way they handled the move during the evacuation, the faculty of Roosevelt for their professionalism, [Principal] Diehl for his leadership as well as the South Plainfield Police and Fire departments for their assistance in the evacuation and traffic detail,” said Dr. Lishak, adding, “Thank you to our Roosevelt parents and guardians who patiently followed our directions for picking up their children and ensuring order. It is the community spirit of South Plainfield that makes our district a standout.”
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