HAVERHILL — A section of ceiling fell in a classroom at Whittier Regional Vocational Technical High at 10:50 a.m. today while construction workers removed equipment from the school roof.

A teacher's aide who was in the auto technology classroom at the time was taken to Lawrence General Hospital for evaluation. She was hit by a piece of ceiling debris that first struck a nearby desk, said Whittier Superintendent William DeRosa. No students were in the classroom at the time.

The affected section of the school building has been sealed off, school officials said.

"No students or staff members will be allowed in the area until the safety of the area is confirmed by structural engineers," DeRosa said. "Also, no further construction will occur during school hours."

All parents were immediately notified of the incident by phone by DeRosa and invited to call him with any questions or concerns.

The roof at Whittier was replaced this summer due to leaks and workers were finishing a review of the work when the incident occurred. The review will be finished when school is not in session, DeRosa said.

A complete report will appear in Friday's edition of The Eagle-Tribune.

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