Today school administration was alerted to a strong gas odor in Staunton JH near the home economics classroom. With student, faculty, and safety as the top priority, all schools were immediately evacuated. Staunton Fire Department, Staunton Police Department and Ameren were immediately contacted. Due to the time it took to locate the source and the cold weather, students were transported to Net Community Church where they were allowed to be signed out by parents or guardians.
Since that time the situation has been resolved. A sweep of all facilities and equipment was conducted and sensors indicate the presence of any gas is mitigated. As a continued precaution all practices and games are cancelled for Thursday, January 16, 2020. Students who left personal belongs at the school may retrieve them tomorrow.
Staunton Schools will resume operations as normal on Friday, January 17, 2020. Thank you to all of our families for your cooperation and patience during the sign out process in order to ensure all students were accounted for and to maintain safety.