Gas leak prompts evacuation at Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk school

WNYT Staff
Updated: October 13, 2020 07:37 PM
Created: October 13, 2020 01:30 PM

A school in the Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk School District was evacuated Tuesday due to a gas leak.

The district says it happened at A.W. Becker Elementary.


National Grid traced the problem to a piece of equipment owned by the school.

They say the equipment has been shut down.

Students were taken to the high school for the rest of the day.

The RCS School District released this statement to NewsChannel 13:

On Tuesday, October 13 district officials were alerted to a possible natural gas leak at A.W. Becker Elementary School.  Students and staff members were safely evacuated from the building and were relocated to the RCS High School. A.W. Becker Elementary students will be dismissed from the RCS Middle School/High School campus at their normal dismissal time.

The Selkirk Fire Department secured the site and the leak has been identified and repaired. The fire department has cleared the building for after-school childcare and for staff to re-enter our building once student dismissal has been completed at the MS/HS campus.

During an emergency evacuation, all students and staff must evacuate our schools.  Regular activities, including re-entering the buildings, cannot resume until a full evacuation and inspection by the fire department has been completed. 

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