Bethel High School Students and Staff Dismissed Early Today After Incident in Chemistry Classroom Sets Off Fire Alarm and Sprinklers, Causing Flooding

Report by Paula Antolini, September 17, 2019, 7:20PM EDT

Bethel Superintendent of Schools Dr. Christine Carver sent out a message to parents, guardians, students and staff today about an incident in a chemistry classroom that set off a fire alarm:

“As a follow-up to our earlier communication we wanted to let you know that at 9:40 a.m. in a chemistry classroom, there was demonstration conducted which set off the sprinkler system on a third floor classroom. The fire alarm was activated and students and staff evacuated the building. They were safe at all times. We are in the process of investigating the nature of the experiment as a personnel matter.

Unfortunately, due to the flooding, several rooms must be professionally cleaned. As a result, dismissal of all students was necessary. The repairs to the sprinkler system have been made and the system has been restored. There will be no impact to our schedule tomorrow. Wednesday, September 18th will be a regular school day.

“We want to commend our staff and students for safely following all district evacuation protocols. If any student had any water damage to his/her personal belongings or Chromebook, please report it immediately to Ms. Hallock, Secretary to the Principal, in the BHS Main Office (hallockc@bethel.k12.ct.us).

“At this point, all athletic activities and events scheduled for this afternoon will continue as planned.”