Keene High School Evacuation

KFD, Keene Public Works and Keene School District officials assessed the situation and had
Eversource cut the power supply to the building. Once the power was turned off, officials measured the
quality of the air inside the building and when completed, gave the all clear for students and staff to
reenter the building.

After reentering the building, students reported to their classes, were then given shortened lunch
periods and eventually released to go home at 12:20 p.m. due to power and water being turned
off. Students and teachers were asked to access their online classrooms in order to continue course
progress as we near the end of the school year.

All after school activities were canceled for the day, including the evening concert that was planned for
early this evening. Make-up dates are being scheduled and will be shared when finalized.

“First, I want to commend the staff and the students at Keene High School for their rapid response to
today’s emergency,” said Dr. Cindy Gallagher, Keene High School Principal. “While this is yet another
disruption to the school year, I am confident that we will continue to march forward and will be
communicating what things will look like as soon as we have those details.”

The cause of the flooding is still being determined and all of the water has been pumped from the
building. Crews are evaluating the electrical system at this time and decisions on what that will mean
for tomorrow will be made by this evening.

Superintendent of Schools, Robert Malay, was at the high school and said, “Today’s response is a great
reflection of the priority we have on safety and all of the advanced planning our schools do in preparation
for emergencies. The call to action by school staff, our Building and Grounds Division, Central Office
staff as well as the outstanding staff in the City of Keene were all commendable.”