Dangerous chemicals left on Atascadero school playground
September 15, 2015
The object left on the San Gabriel Elementary School playground Friday contained dangerous chemicals, according to an Atascadero Unified School District press release. The elementary school has been closed indefinitely as law enforcement agencies look into multiple threats made late last week.
District administrators have hired a certified environmental monitoring service to thoroughly examine the San Gabriel Elementary School campus as they prepare to reopen the school to students.
“This initial monitoring has been completed and AUSD is awaiting the laboratory results,” the press release says. “These results will guide the Atascadero Unified School District’s next steps to provide a safe campus.”
Over the weekend, Atascadero Unified School District staff transformed music rooms and other spaces in neighboring schools into temporary classrooms. In addition, San Luis Obispo County Sheriff deputies are patrolling the elementary schools while the investigation continues.
Even so, about one-third of parents of San Gabriel students elected to keep their children home on Monday.
Until further notice, San Gabriel Elementary School students will continue to attend classes at either Santa Rosa Academic Academy, Santa Margarita Elementary School or San Benito Elementary School.