Students Return to Fire-Damaged North Penn High School

One day after a fire caused an early end to the school day, students returned to classes at one of the Philadelphia region’s largest high schools.

Classes resumed at North Penn High School  Valley Forge Road in Lansdale, Pennsylvania Wednesday morning. Students returned to the school at 7:21 a.m. and reported to their sixth-period classes so they could recover items left late Tuesday morning after fire broke out near the band room in the school’s F-Pod section. [[380780061, C]]

Students then began a regular A-Day schedule with some slight changes including the fire-damaged section of the Montgomery County school being blocked off so that crews can continue the lengthy reconstruction of the damaged area, said the school district in a letter posted to its website.

"...In the interim, an odor will likely be detectable," said the district.

Images shot by students showed people calmly leaving the building and waiting outside on some fields as firefighters entered the school shortly before noon Tuesday. [[380670271, C]]

No injuries were reported in the blaze.

The North Penn School District released dismissal guidelines on its Facebook page around 12:45 p.m. as they began sending students home.

The problem for some students was not having their keys with them when they were evacuated. Those items and other personal belongings were recovered Wednesday.

North Penn is known as one of the largest high schools in the area with more than 3,000 students in grades 10 to 12, said U.S. News & World Report.

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