An internal flood at John F. Kennedy Middle School forced one class to evacuate the room on Tuesday, Dec. 9 around 12:30 p.m.
Assistant principal Kelly Latham said that a leak occurred when one the joints of a pipe in the heating system gave way and a non-toxic liquid called “liquol” leaked out.
Nineteen students and one teacher were evacuated and relocated to another classroom, according to Latham.
Newfield Construction workers, who are handling the renovation at the school, immediately came in to work on the leak and Director of Operations Pete Romano immediately headed to the school to assess the situation.
“We were very lucky, because only one room had to be evacuated,” said Latham.
For the remainder of the day, the staff made sure to keep students out of the hall and made sure the area was clear in general.
Latham also said that work will continue to be done overnight to repair the pipe.
“They’re going to be working on the room all night going to make sure it’s done before the kids get in to school tomorrow,” said Latham.