Petal Primary closure extends through end of the week

A small fire at Petal Primary School on Tuesday, Sept. 20, caused the campus to close and students to move to virtual learning through Friday, Sept. 23.
Published: Sep. 21, 2022 at 3:16 PM CDT
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PETAL, Miss. (WDAM) - A small fire at Petal Primary School on Tuesday, Sept. 20, caused the campus to close and students to move to virtual learning through Friday, Sept. 23.

The Petal School District said preliminary investigations indicate that an electrical fire started in the technology server closet in the 200 Hall of the primary school. No injuries were reported, but the district said there was significant smoke damage that filtered through several areas of the campus.

The Primary School campus will remain closed through the rest of the week as cleanup and restoration efforts are underway.

Classes, however, will resume on Thursday in a virtual format for students in PreK-2, and the following week begins the district’s fall break and intersession classes.

Superintendent Matthew Dillon said the district believes the campus will be able to open as usual at the end of the break, starting Oct. 11.

“We’ve been going through several things from tornadoes to a host of things over the years, so we’ve learned we have to pivot often, and we have to be very flexible,” said Superintendent Dr. Matt Dillon. “I can’t say enough about our parents and the way that they responded, the way that they support us and work with us as we have to go through challenges. So very proud of that and just looking to close out these nine weeks on a successful note.”

If you have any questions or concerns, you can contact the district at information@petalschools.com.

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