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Letter from Principal Rizzo and Superintendent Wiles

March 8, 2018Dear Lynnwood Elementary Community,

We want to update you on the relocation of our students to Guilderland High School this morning. Just after 10 a.m., a small fire started. It was contained to the maintenance/receiving room and was caused by a small motor that overheated and began smoldering.
Students were immediately evacuated from the building using our practiced safety procedures, and placed on school buses to shelter them from the weather. The smoldering motor was extinguished, however, the building lost power.

Due to the loss of power, we decided to relocate all students and staff to Guilderland High School for the remainder of the school day. Students were transported by bus. They arrived at approximately 11:20 a.m. and were provided with a hot lunch.
Parents were given the opportunity to pick up their children from the West Gymnasium entrance, but for those families unable to do so, the district provided transportation for students at the end of the day on their regular bus route to their usual home or daycare destination.

Students and parents will be able to pick up belongings that were left at the building between 5:00 and 6:30 p.m. on Thursday evening.

We would like to thank everyone involved with today's incident. From the Guilderland and Fort Hunter Fire Departments who quickly responded, to the Guilderland Police Department who helped make sure our students who provided extra security at the high school while they were housed there.
We would also like to thank our students who responded in a calm manner and followed the directions that were given to keep them safe. We would also like to recognize our teachers and staff members who assisted in a calm, professional manner.

The response to this incident shows the importance of having good plans in place and practicing them.

Thank you again to our school community. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call my office.


Alicia Rizzo
Lynnwood Elementary School Principal

Marie Wiles, Ph.D.