School Initiates Code Blue

The school went under Code Blue during second period today, January 15, after the fire department received multiple calls from neighbors who claimed to smell gas. The fire department feared the possibility of a gas explosion and advised the school to keep its students within the safety of classrooms. Students stayed inside their respective second period classrooms until administration announced that Code Blue had ended. After talking to PG&E and the fire department, the administration concluded that there would be no threat to the safety of the students, and the school returned to operate with a modified schedule.

“The reason we went to a Code Blue was because we weren’t clear [about the situation],” Principal Wynne Satterwhite said. “We were worried that if there was a crack and gas was leaking out, a [dangerous incident] could arise. There was no indication of anything but we wanted to be cautious.”

PG&E arrived and investigated the gas systems in the school during Code Blue to see if there were any detectable cracks in the gas line. After finding that there were no problems within the school, they suspected that the origin of the smell may be outside of the campus. Satterwhite sent emails and calls out to all parents to inform them of the situation and the safety of the students.

The following is the modified schedule that the school will operate with for the rest of the day:

Brunch 10:40 – 11:00
3rd Period 11:05 – 11:40
4th Period 11:45 – 12:20
Lunch 12:20 – 1:00
5th Period 1:05 – 1:50
6th Period 1:55 – 2:40
7th Period 2:45 – 3:30