San Gabriel Elementary to reopen Monday
September 25, 2015
San Gabriel Elementary School will reopen Monday, a little more than two weeks after closing due to the appearance of dangerous chemicals and threatening letters.
On Sept. 11, the San Luis Obispo County bomb squad removed a suspicious jar from the elementary school playground. The jar contained dangerous chemicals, and the FBI is still in the process of testing them.
Also, before teachers arrived on Sept. 11, someone left threatening letters to teachers. It remains unclear who left the notes.
The Atascadero Unified School District announced Friday morning that lab tests taken by a private company revealed no harmful chemicals. After shutting down San Gabriel, the school district hired an environmental firm to test the main portion of the campus for hazardous chemicals.
The lab tests are now complete, and the school environment is 100 percent safe for return, according to the district.
On Thursday, the school district invited parents to return to the campus to pick up the children’s belongings. Some belongings had been left at the school during the evacuation.
Custodial staff are returning to the campus for a routine cleaning and to re-key all the buildings as a precautionary measure.
San Gabriel students have been attending classes at either Santa Rosa Academy, Santa Margarita Elementary School or San Benito Elementary School.
Atascadero police have been providing around-the-clock monitoring of San Gabriel Elementary. They will continue to do so, according to a school district press release.
When students return to campus, they will have the opportunity to speak with counselors if they so desire. Student transportation will return to the normal routes on Monday.