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Three SVMS students taken to hospital after science class evacuation

Trio reported feeling unwell during experiment; classroom cleared after hazmat inspection

Three students from Alamo's Stone Valley Middle School were taken to area hospitals as a precaution after reporting they felt unwell during a science class activity Thursday morning, according to a school district spokeswoman.

The situation began just after 11 a.m. in a seventh- and eighth-grade combination forensic science class at the Miranda Avenue campus, according to Elizabeth Graswich, spokeswoman for the San Ramon Valley Unified School District.

The three students said they weren't feeling well while the class was performing a fingerprint experiment using approved materials, according to Graswich.

School officials called the San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District at 11:15 a.m. and the classroom was evacuated, according to fire officials. The room was inspected, and all 21 students in the class were examined by emergency personnel, Graswich said.

Inspectors found no evidence of hazardous materials in the classroom, according to Graswich, who said all students but one wore protective masks, goggles and gloves during the fingerprint activity. "It wasn't an issue with the experiment," she added.

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Following the medical evaluations, three students were transported to area hospitals as a precaution, according to Graswich, who said the trio had returned to campus by 2:20 p.m. Thursday.

The cause of the students' ailments remains undetermined, she added.

Editor's note: To clarify, the SRVUSD reported on Thursday that all students were wearing protective masks, goggles and gloves during the fingerprint activity, but district spokeswoman Elizabeth Graswich said Friday evening that school officials subsequently learned one student wasn't wearing the protective items during the experiment.

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Three SVMS students taken to hospital after science class evacuation

Trio reported feeling unwell during experiment; classroom cleared after hazmat inspection

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Uploaded: Thu, Nov 20, 2014, 1:32 pm
Updated: Sun, Nov 23, 2014, 7:16 pm

Three students from Alamo's Stone Valley Middle School were taken to area hospitals as a precaution after reporting they felt unwell during a science class activity Thursday morning, according to a school district spokeswoman.

The situation began just after 11 a.m. in a seventh- and eighth-grade combination forensic science class at the Miranda Avenue campus, according to Elizabeth Graswich, spokeswoman for the San Ramon Valley Unified School District.

The three students said they weren't feeling well while the class was performing a fingerprint experiment using approved materials, according to Graswich.

School officials called the San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District at 11:15 a.m. and the classroom was evacuated, according to fire officials. The room was inspected, and all 21 students in the class were examined by emergency personnel, Graswich said.

Inspectors found no evidence of hazardous materials in the classroom, according to Graswich, who said all students but one wore protective masks, goggles and gloves during the fingerprint activity. "It wasn't an issue with the experiment," she added.

Following the medical evaluations, three students were transported to area hospitals as a precaution, according to Graswich, who said the trio had returned to campus by 2:20 p.m. Thursday.

The cause of the students' ailments remains undetermined, she added.

Editor's note: To clarify, the SRVUSD reported on Thursday that all students were wearing protective masks, goggles and gloves during the fingerprint activity, but district spokeswoman Elizabeth Graswich said Friday evening that school officials subsequently learned one student wasn't wearing the protective items during the experiment.

Comments

OldHenry
Danville
on Nov 20, 2014 at 5:18 pm
OldHenry, Danville
on Nov 20, 2014 at 5:18 pm

Wow! How things have changed since I was in Middle School before Pearl Harbor. I think the school could collapse from an earthquake before any kids were sent to the hospital. Of course then a 12 year old could range 15 to 20 miles away from home on his bicycle just a long as he was home for meals. My chemistry experiments in the basement would put me in jail today, and those pipe bombs I made were ok as long as I set them off up the street in the vacant lot. I also had a gun by Mom didn't know about. I bought it at Sears in 1944, and they didn't even ask my name. Well, it all worked out ok as I did well in life to live in Danville.
OldHenry.


Mom
Alamo
on Nov 21, 2014 at 7:10 am
Mom , Alamo
on Nov 21, 2014 at 7:10 am

My son has the forensic teacher for science and she said that the problem was their intake of too much carbon dioxide due to their safety mask not allowing oxygen in. So ironic.


Janice
Alamo
on Nov 21, 2014 at 7:43 am
Janice, Alamo
on Nov 21, 2014 at 7:43 am

And we wonder why our medical costs are so high.


Johnnie
Danville
on Nov 21, 2014 at 8:10 am
Johnnie, Danville
on Nov 21, 2014 at 8:10 am

OldHenry, that is classic! Sounds like my upbringing in the 60's. We are raising a generation of very delicate kids.


Derek
Danville
on Nov 22, 2014 at 11:48 am
Derek, Danville
on Nov 22, 2014 at 11:48 am

Mom-
I wonder what kind of masks we are talking about? The regular paper filter ones would never do this, so maybe they were more like respirators?

At Charlotte Wood, even though the science teachers rallied loudly to have one day (Weds or Thursday in this case) with an extra-long period for more lab time, it seems they really don't do much in those labs. Then again, considering how much stuff we used to light on fire and blow up when I was in 7th grade, maybe that's a good thing.....


Michele
Alamo
on Nov 25, 2014 at 1:21 am
Michele , Alamo
on Nov 25, 2014 at 1:21 am

Amagine being the mother of the child who was given no protective gear. And then she was transported to the hospital without her parents knowledge. I know exactly how that feels, because that was me.


Cedric
Stone Valley Middle School
on Nov 25, 2014 at 7:44 am
Cedric, Stone Valley Middle School
on Nov 25, 2014 at 7:44 am

Does the district provide our science teachers with any safety training? This could have been worse.


Dave
Danville
on Dec 9, 2014 at 2:55 pm
Dave, Danville
on Dec 9, 2014 at 2:55 pm

I hope these kids are ok.

[Portion removed due to repeated comments from poster making allegations about an incident in Danville that police have denied took place as presented by poster.]


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