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Oakleaf High School resumes normal operations after sewage leak

ORANGE PARK, Fla. — UPDATED 10:06 a.m.- Clay County School Districts provided the following information:

“Early today, after the first bell rang, students and staff at Oakleaf High School were evacuated to the football stadium out of an abundance of caution due to an undetermined smell on campus. Clay County Fire and Rescue immediately responded to campus with their gas chromatographs and did not detect the presence of gas. District maintenance staff were on scene and determined that the smell was from an old sewer trap. District maintenance have worked to rectify the situation and air scrubbers were brought into the campus to assist with the smell. At no time were students and staff in danger and at 9:15 a.m., students and staff were cleared to enter the building to resume the normal bell schedule.

Safety will always be our number one priority and we appreciate the patience and flexibility of our students, staff, and parents as we took the time to determine that the campus was safe to re-open.”

ORIGINAL STORY

Clay County Schools reported that maintenance teams are working to fix a sewage leak at Oakleaf High School.

According to Clay County School District spokesperson Terri Dennis, officials were called after an undetermined odor was detected by staff. Out of an abundance of caution, school staff and students were evacuated to the football field while the maintenance team are investigating the cause.

Clay County Fire Rescue responded as well due to the odor indicating a potential gas leak. It was quickly determined, however, that the odor was due to a sewage problem.

School is not expected to be cancelled and classes will resume once officials give the all-clear.

Action News Jax will continue to follow the story and update you as events unfold.

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