Fire Alarm Friday
On Friday, February 4th during first period, a fire alarm was set off. Students and staff made their way to the “Evacuation Zone;” the practice soccer field. Students are familiar and aware of what to do because of previous fire drills. About 10 minutes into the evacuation, fire sirens were heard by many. Students were curious and unaware of the problem at hand.
Fire trucks arrived at Dixon High School, and students were clueless as to what was happening around them. A student that was in P.E. class first period lost control of a medicine ball with an unknown weight allowing it to hit a fire sprinkler in the ceiling. The impact of the weight of the medicine ball against the sprinkler caused the sprinkler to break, and old, aged water began to rush through the ceiling and onto the wrestling mat.
The wrestling room, and weight room were flooded and equipment got drenched. After 45 minutes of waiting, students were ordered to return to their second period class. With only about 8 minutes left in second period, the fire alarms rang again, with a staff member over the intercom ordering teachers to evacuate once again. Students were finally cleared to finish their school day at approximately 10:15pm. As a result, both rooms were flooded, and are now drying.
Rather than playing basketball, or running the mile, the following P.E classes spent their class period removing equipment, and drying up the rooms. Due to the wet rooms, it has been a struggle for P.E classes to have class. Ms. Iten’s fourth period class was forced to have class in a small lobby outside of the large gym, and multi-purpose room.