Sylvan Hills Middle School cleared for students, staff to return - CBS46 News

UPDATE: Sylvan Hills Middle School cleared for students, staff to return

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Atlanta Public Schools' Sylvan Hills Middle School has been cleared for students and staff to return to their building to resume normal operations Friday.

The middle school was evacuated due to a malfunctioning piece of equipment Thursday morning.

The equipment on the roof of the building was pumping what smelled like natural gas inside.

Students and staff were removed from the school and relocated to nearby Kennedy Middle School.

All students and staff are safe and accounted for, and no one has complained of sickness related to the smell.

Atlanta Gas Light, the Atlanta Fire Department and Atlanta Public Schools Facilities Department assessed the situation.

APS made a contingency plan for students to report to B.E.S.T. Academy at 1890 Donald Lee Hollowell Parkway NW if the repairs were not completed.

Nearly 500 people were evacuated and relocated Thursday. Atlanta police assisted in the operation.

"It's not easy," said Maj. Keith Meadows with the Atlanta Police Department. "It was orderly during the primary stages of the evacuation, and that helped out a great deal. The staff and the students were very cooperative with school detective personnel, and right now we are just happy that everybody made it [to John F. Kennedy Middle School] safely."

School district officials say they too are pleased at how the evacuation and relocation went.

"We work very hard to ensure that whenever we have to relocate that we are able to manage fusing our students that we relocate in the environment where we relocate them," said Chief Marquenta Sands, with Atlanta School District.

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