Classes were canceled after a natural gas leak in a laboratory this morning led to students and staff at Woodstock High School being evacuated from the building.
The evacuation was a “precautionary measure,” Assistant Superintendent George Oslovich wrote in an email sent to parents and guardians at 11:27 a.m. today.
At around 12:45 p.m., as repair work continued, Woodstock School District 200 announced classes at WHS were canceled for the rest of the day. Buses were sent to pick up students who had not been released to a parent or guardian already.
“Students will not be permitted to enter the building until the situation is resolved,” Oslovich wrote in a separate email to WHS families.
School officials later announced students would be able to enter the building from 1:45 to 3 p.m. today to pick up their belongings. After-school sports, practices and events which were to be held inside the building this afternoon were canceled. Games and events scheduled to take place elsewhere are continuing.
School will resume tomorrow.
Some students were in the process of taking the PSAT today. Their scores were invalidated and a date for retesting was set for Wednesday, Oct. 25, according to an email sent to families by WHS Principal Justin Smith.
Woodstock Fire/Rescue District Chief Michael Hill said crews isolated the leak, which he said likely came from one of the school’s science labs, not its heating supply. A press release sent this afternoon from the fire district said the leak was confined to the school’s science wing and was still being investigated.
Hill said the leak was under control.
“There’s no risk of explosion,” he said.
WHS students and staff were evacuated to Dean Street Elementary School. NICOR workers were on scene at the high school by about 11:35 a.m.
UPDATED at 1:47 p.m. Oct. 11, 2017.