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Chlorine leak forces RHS to move students

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POSTED February 25, 2013 11:49 p.m.

A chlorine leak at the Ripon High pool on Monday morning forced administrators to close down two classrooms and cancel all water activities.

School officials encountered the leak in the pump equipment room of the Ervin Zador Aquatic Center.

The Ripon fire and police departments arrived quickly, cordoned off the area and determined the leak was stopped and the spill contained, said Superintendent Louise Johnson.

Students in two classrooms near the aquatic center were relocated to another area of campus. Cleanup and repair of the leak began on Monday at approximately 3:30 p.m. Johnson said the classrooms will be safe to return to today.

“No danger at all,” said Ripon High instructor Rod Wright, one of the teachers affected by Monday’s leak.

Parents were notified of the event. Ripon Aquatics – a youth swimming program that services the entire Central Valley – cancelled practice on Monday and today.

The pool, Johnson said, will be closed for a minimum of 48 hours.

“Many thanks and kudos to our local safety professionals and all involved in this event,” Johnson wrote in an e-mail to The Bulletin. “It is a comfort to know how quickly they are here for us.”

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