Mooresville High School cancelled classes Wednesday after a gas leak in the main building Tuesday.
Dominion Energy gave the all clear for classes to resume on Thursday, according to a Facebook post from the Mooresville Graded School District Wednesday night. Students should return on a regular schedule.
Beth Shoults said her daughter Lauren texted her at 1:50 p.m. complaining of a headache. Her teacher called the office, saying she smelled propane.
Shoults said a window was never opened and students weren’t released until the usual dismissal time of 2:30 p.m. Afterwards, her daughter had a headache and stomachache throughout Tuesday night.
“I'm upset that the students were not removed from the floor while they (MHS administration) were trying to discover where the leak was,” Shoults said via Facebook message.
Tanae Sump-McLean, Mooresville Graded School District’s chief communication officer, said the smell was not confirmed to be gas until after students were dismissed.
“We do not automatically cancel classes or dismiss school at initial reports of an odor,” Sump-McLean said via email. “We contact the appropriate authorities (maintenance department, gas company, fire department, etc.) to make a determination of the source of the odor and any necessary steps that need to be taken to ensure the safety of our students and staff.”
A Mooresville Graded Schools press release stated a gas smell was reported Tuesday afternoon. Dominion Energy, the gas company, and 911 were called.
In the press release, MGSD officials gave the following information:
Dominion found the leak in the boiler room. Gas was leaking through loose connections of the equipment. The boilers were shut down and the connections were tightened.
Dominion rechecked the gas levels Wednesday and found gas in low levels in the boiler room. District leadership decided to cancel classes though the gas levels in the building would have been safe for occupation. However, the school cafeteria would have been unable to prepare lunch with the gas line down for repairs.
Thursday’s schedule will depend on the progress of repairs.