Students at Central Middle School were told to evacuate following earthquake

Students were evacuated and moved to Greenwich High School.

Nicole Alarcon Soares and Frank Recchia

Apr 5, 2024, 9:57 PM

Updated 43 days ago

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School officials said students at Central Middle School were evacuated on Friday out of an abundance of caution following a 4.8 magnitude earthquake felt across Connecticut.
Greenwich school officials said all students and staff were moved to Greenwich High School.
They say after the earthquake occurred, they ordered an immediate inspection of all Greenwich school facilities.
School officials said they discovered new cracks in new locations at Central Middle School and they told News 12 engineers will be on site on Saturday for further inspection.
They say there was no damage discovered at any other school or district facility.
Officials emphasized that nobody was hurt, and all actions on Friday was done "in the interest of extreme caution."
Greenwich police was on site to help with traffic control as buses brought students from Central Middle School to Greenwich High School.
Officials say town inspectors made the decision to close Central Middle School until it is deemed safe for occupancy.
Greenwich mom Jennifer Garnett who was working in the city says her mind instantly focused on family. "All of a sudden I just heard noise above me," Garnett said. “My first thought was Preston and, 'Oh, my gosh, what is going on right now and is he OK?'"
She says Greenwich Public Schools did a great job of getting the word out to parents that children and staff were all safe and accounted for.
Garnett says the reunion with her son hours later was a moment she will always cherish.
First Selectman Fred Camillo says the response by all local agencies was a great example of the town's emergency protocols working well when put to the test.


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