Ascension Parish Schools provided an update on this morning’s gas leak at East Ascension High School:
This morning, a gas line that runs from the teachers’ lounge to an upstairs restroom broke and caused an odor that alerted us to a problem.
We immediately evacuated the building to ensure the safety of students and staff while emergency officials investigated the cause of the odor. Once it was determined to be isolated to certain buildings on campus, we were able to move everyone inside the Freshman Academy and the new cafetorium.
District staff were able to repair the broken pipe and are working with emergency officials to air out the building to reduce the natural gas odor.
The campus is safe, and once residual odors are removed, we anticipate resuming normal operations at school.
Thank you to everyone for remaining calm during the evacuation, and a special thank you goes out to the Gonzales Fire Department, Gonzales Police Department and all law enforcement officials for their quick action and support.
A suspected gas leak forced the evacuation of East Ascension High School on Thursday morning.
Officials say that everyone is ok and Ascension Parish Public Schools released this statement below:
.@EA_High_School was evacuated after a suspected gas leak. All students and staff are safe. The area in question is isolated to one part of the campus, and the administration is working to get everyone indoors in areas deemed safe by emergency officials. pic.twitter.com/S6scOQIrWf— Ascension Schools (@APSB_official) January 30, 2020
Ascension Parish Public Schools has this message for parents of East Ascension High School students:
There is no cause for alarm, but please know that students cannot leave or be checked out by parents until an all-clear is given. We will keep you updated as we learn more.— Ascension Schools (@APSB_official) January 30, 2020
East Ascension High School is located at 612 East Worthey Rd. in Gonzales.