BASSETERRE, ST. KITTS, SEPTEMBER 21ST 2017 – Following a fire which broke out at the Washington Archibald High School (WAHS) this morning, the Ministry of Education has described the resulting evacuation and closure of the institution as an “emergency.”
Without stating that a fire broke out at the school as the reason for the evacuation and closure, the Ministry in a statement informed “… all parents, guardians and the general public that the Washington Archibald High School will be closed at 10:30 a.m. today, Thursday, 21st September.”
The Ministry of Education continued, “This emergency closure is to ensure the safety of all students and staff after a recent emergency situation at the school.”
“All students are expected to return to school on Monday, 25th September at the usual time,” it went on.
Education officials also “apologised for any inconvenience that this emergency closure may cause.”
Reports coming to SKN News Now indicated that the fire occurred in the school’s staff room. The fire department responded to calls put in by the school and handled the situation.
Word of the fire broke on social media early Thursday morning when a post by Tasha Willock stated in part: “The whole of WASHY children has been evacuated to the school’s playing field …fire trucks are here.”
Today’s debacle at the Washington Archibald High School followed word from the Ministry of Education on Wednesday that all public schools, with a few exceptions, had been assessed and deemed safe following the passage of Hurricane Maria on Tuesday.
The Ministry said a thorough assessment had been carried out of all public schools following the storm by the schools’ management, ministry officials and the Public Works Department.
The Washington Archibald High School was not among the schools deemed unsafe or unready to accommodate the return of faculty and students.
Meanwhile, students of the Tyrell Williams Primary school were also turned away from school this morning when they arrived on time only to be informed that there would be no classes.