School Early Closure 10/01/18
As you are no doubt aware, we have had to close the school early today due to a minor chemical incident that meant we had to evacuate the building. Students and staff had to remain outside for an hour and a half whilst the fire brigade, police and specialist hazard officers investigated and monitored the situation. Despite the cold weather, the students were impeccable in their sensible behaviour. When we were finally given permission to enter the building, the situation was explained fully to pupils and staff. In the interests of the welfare and wellbeing of students and staff I made the decision to close the school for the remainder of the afternoon. All pupils were given lunch if they wanted it before they left, and any student who was not able to or did not wish to go was allowed to stay in school.
A KFRS spokesperson said: “Kent Fire and Rescue Service (KFRS) was called to Ebbsfleet Academy in Southfleet Road, Swanscombe just before 10.30am to reports of a bleach-like smell in a plant room. As a precaution pupils and staff were evacuated from the building while KFRS’ specialist detection and monitoring team investigated. South East Coast Ambulance Service also attended the scene and assessed a small number of patients. The source of the smell is thought to have been a leak from kitchen extraction system in the plant room and the plant room is now being ventilated by fire crews.”
I fully anticipate the school being open as usual tomorrow and the web site will be updated accordingly later today.