Fire at MHS

Fire at MHS
Posted on 05/08/2018

A small fire in the dust collector in the wood shop on B1 at Mason High School led to a school-wide evacuation about 12:00pm today. The sprinklers activated, and the High School and the Community Center have been evacuated. The fire has now been extinguished.

There are no injuries. MHS students are relocating to the football stadium.

Students and staff will not be able to re-enter the building until it has been cleared by the Mason Fire Department.

All games, practices, activities, and the school board meeting (any activities located at MHS) are cancelled for tonight.

Details for Wednesday, May 9
Mason High School will be open tomorrow, and will remain on a PrimeTime schedule.
Students who were unable to pick up their belongings tonight may do so tomorrow. They should go to the class where their belongings are when they arrive at school. Items that were left in the Large Commons or the Small Commons will be available in the Harvard Room. Items in B1 classrooms will be in the Learning Commons.

Mason City Schools Superintendent Gail Kist-Kline and Deputy Superintendent Jonathan Cooper are so grateful for our incredible students, staff, and City of Mason first responders who all reacted with precision, professionalism, patience, and poise during today’s evacuation at Mason High School. 

Watch Dr. Kist-Kline and Mr. Cooper's thank you message!

Wednesday will be HW/Test Amnesty Day at MHS
Because students and staff do not have access to their belongings that may have been left in the building (chromebooks, books, notes, etc.),
teachers will not give tests or quizzes or collect homework tomorrow. 

AP Testing Info
Students enrolled in AP Lit will take the AP Lit test tomorrow as planned in order to avoid taking a late test after our seniors last day of school. 

Today, AP Spanish students were able to take their exams. AP Physics I students were not able to take their exams, and those students will have to do a late test during the morning of Thursday, May 24 as mandated by the College Board. We are in communication with the College Board, and will share AP testing logistics with affected families and students when those plans are finalized.


We have now been given the all-clear from the Fire Marshall that the building is safe.
Students who have belongings left in the building (cell phones, chromebooks, etc.) may retrieve their items only on the following schedule tonight. We will have staff in each class to assist. Students may only pick up their items at their pod’s scheduled time.

5:30pm - Students who were evacuated from Z-Pod. Enter using the Z-1 entrance.
6:00pm - Students who were evacuated from A-Pod. Enter using the A-1 entrance.
6:30pm - Students who were evacuated from B-Pod. Enter using the Main entrance.
7:00pm - Students who were evacuated from C-Pod & Small Commons. Enter using the Small Commons entrance.
7:30pm - Students who were evacuated from D-Pod, Large Commons, Athletics Team Room & New Gym. Enter using the Natatorium Entrance.

Students who are not able to retrieve their items during their pod’s scheduled time tonight, will be able to retrieve belongings in the morning.



Mason High School is now closed, and students who ride the bus will be leaving for home shortly. Students who have cars will be allowed to drive home. Students whose keys are in the building, cannot access the school and can take the bus home, or get a ride.

Parents who are picking up their high school student, will need to do so at the front of Mason Middle School.




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