Dryden middle and high school students dismissed after small fire

Dryden middle and high schools were evacuated this morning, and students have been sent home after a small fire occurred, according to school officials.

Superintendent of schools Sandy Sherwood says a small fire occurred in a garbage can in a chemistry lab at about 9:30am. Students were evacuated safely and were held in the school auditorium for their safety.

“Due to the odor,” Dr. Sherwood said, school officials decided to close the schools for the day at 10:30am. Students were bused home, or could be picked up by parents and signed out.

Dryden High School principal Patrick Mahunik says both Dryden High School and Dryden Middle School will be closed Wednesday as a result of the fire. All athletic events except for varsity golf have been canceled for Tuesday afternoon and evening.

The Superintendent says the district is waiting for the results of air sample testing “so we can be sure that there are no air quality issues before we let staff and students back into the building.”

“These test results should be in tomorrow afternoon,” she tells us, “and based on what the fire department observed today, we are pretty confident we will be open on Thursday.”

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