Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Alarm and Tar Push Camps from Barrett

Summer Campers Moved from Barrett to WL
Both summer camps at Barrett Elementary School have been moved to Washington-Lee High School for the week after a fire alarm mysteriously sounded on Monday, said Yolanda Smingler, the vice-principal of the school.

Contractors are pouring new tar on the roof of the building, and the smell was a little overwhelming, as well, she said.

Contractors work, retarring Barrett Elementary School's roof.

“We decided it was not safe for the children to be in the building,” especially with the smell from the roof maintenance, she said. School officials decided to move the children in the Creative Art and “Patahontas” camps to W-L “just in case, just playing it safe.” “Patahontas” is a science camp that combines in-school and outdoor lab experiences, officials said.

Fire fighters arrived Monday but did not find fire, Ms. Smingler said. [The fire department could not be reached for comment before this post. –ST]

“We don’t really know what triggered that fire alarm,” Ms. Smingler said. “We had troubles with the fire alarm system in the morning.” The system was beeping, she said. The students and staff treated the alarm like any fire drill and left the building as quickly as possible, as they train themselves to do, she said.

The roofers were expected last week, but were a week late. They hope to complete the roof by the end of the week. Summer events will return to Barrett next week, Ms. Smingler said. Children requiring summer school from Barrett attend classes at Glebe Elementary School.

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