Joel Barlow High School will remain closed on Friday, and most after-school activities have been cancelled, after a contractor on Tuesday poured approximately 20 gallons of fuel oil into the school’s 20,000-gallon water storage tank.

Students were dismissed early at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday after kitchen staff reported an odor.

In a detailed letter to parents, Superintendent Dr. Jason McKinnon explained how companies are removing, cleaning and bypassing the school water storage tanks. Water Systems and Solutions and Clean Harbors Environmental Services are doing the remediation. The state Department of Health has been contacted to address the problem.

McKinnon told parents the high school will reopen on Monday, subject to testing and approval by the state Department of Health.

Below is the latest communication sent by Dr. McKinnon to Barlow families staff. It includes a timeline and other additional details.


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