“I am so proud of Superintendent Gary Adkins for his quick response regarding the evacuation of Kellogg Elementary School and Vinson Middle School students,” said Stewart. “Parents need to know their children are safe while at school and situations like this one prove the school system is ready for any emergency.”
Nearly eight hundred Wayne County students were evacuated after reports that a Marathon Ashland railroad car carrying coal tar ruptured a valve in the West Moreland area of Wayne County last Thursday morning.
Wayne County school representatives worked in collaboration with the Governor’s Office, Senator Bob Plymale, the Environmental Protection Agency, community leaders and emergency personnel in an effort to evacuate the school children.
“It is obvious that Wayne County’s school emergency plan worked,” added Stewart. “But it is just as important that school staff, parents, students and emergency and government agencies continue to work together following an emergency to make sure we can get back to the business of teaching our kids as quickly as possible.”
Both schools reopened Thursday morning when it was determined the area was secure for students and educators. State school policy requires that all West Virginia schools have emergency plans in place in case of chemical emergencies or natural disasters.