During school hours on January 30, 2019 at South Grove Elementary School, malfunctioning rooftop HVAC units were responsible for elevated levels of carbon monoxide in the gymnasium. The Fire Department was called, students and staff were evacuated, and the units were shut down and are being serviced. When the air quality returned to normal, the Fire Department issued an all-clear and students and staff returned to the building.

As a result of this incident, the District’s architectural firm reviewed the placement of each building’s carbon monoxide sensors by 11:30 p.m. on the evening of January 31st. At 8:15 a.m. the following morning, installation of additional devices began and was completed by the evening. All schools were closed Thursday, January 31st to allow installation to proceed and to further allow air quality testing to be performed by an independent environmental engineering firm, J.C. Broderick. 

The independent air quality testing was completed in every building. The results of those tests showed no elevated levels of carbon monoxide in any of our buildings. The attached letter provides confirmation of the test results.

Please be advised that the District is continuing its review of this incident and we are taking the following additional measures in the interest of student and staff safety:

- Our engineers are reviewing the entire Building Condition Survey. 
- We are hiring an independent firm to give us a second opinion on this “top-to-bottom review” of all our facilities. 
- We will be issuing a new procurement bid for a contractor to conduct the District’s annual fire safety inspections.
- We will review this incident in conjunction with appropriate outside agencies to advise us of any policies, procedures, or plans that need to be amended.
- The District’s new insurance company will be conducting building walk-throughs with District staff.
- The Fire Alarm Capital Project that was part of the District’s Phase I Capital Construction Plan will begin work on February 11th, 2019.

The safety and well-being of our students and staff is the first priority of the District. We are committed to maintaining a safe environment for all.

The Syosset Central School District


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