The dismissal bell rang earlier than usual for Auburn Junior High School students Thursday after blustery winds blew out one of the building's second story windows.
At 10:30 a.m., gusts of more than 50 mph knocked out one of the Franklin Avenue school's windows, forcing teachers to move 240 students into the auditorium. With a forecast predicting continuous high winds, Superintendent Constance Evelyn said administrators decided to adjourn school for the rest of the day.
"It was for safety reasons," she said.
Although winds were slated to drop, the district also canceled Friday classes for middle school students.
Evelyn said the district plans to fix Auburn Junior High School's windows during the second phase of its capital project, set to start in the next couple months.
In the meantime, she said a local window company would evaluate the building's remaining windows to ensure no more glass would be unexpectedly dislodged.