Students Evacuated Again from Barrows for High Carbon Monoxide

For the second time in three days, carbon monoxide readings were higher than safe.

Updated Thursday at 12:15 p.m.: According to Reading Police, the evacuation is going smoothly, as was the case on Tuesday.

"Everything going smoothly at Austin Prep," police tweeted at 12:10 p.m. "Thank you Barrows Community for your cooperation."

Original story posted Thursday at 12:05 p.m.: For the second time this week, Barrows Elementary School students and staff have been evacuated due to high levels of carbon monoxide.

Just before 12 p.m. on Thursday, the Reading Police Department tweeted that the school was being evacuated due to high readings.

"Students were just evacuated from Barrows Elementary School again due to high carbon monoxide readings," police tweeted. "The students are being escorted to Austin Prep to wait for their parents."

On Tuesday, students were ordered to do the same and school was cancelled for the rest of the day. However, school returned to session on Wednesday as normal.

Police reminded parents on Thursday that they must bring a photo identification to pick up their child. Anyone having a family member or friend pick up a child must be able to speak to an administrator via telephone before their child is released.

Check back with Reading Patch for more information on this developing story.


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