A couple of queasy stomachs prompted the evacuation of Robinson Elementary School in Augusta on Wednesday morning, authorities said.
A third-grader and a fifth-grader came to the school nurse within minutes of each other shortly after 9 a.m. Wednesday, Augusta superintendent John Black said.
“The nurse determined, based on the symptoms, that it was a possible carbon monoxide leak,” Black said.
With the principal away for a meeting, the nurse made the decision to evacuate the building. Kansas Gas Service was alerted and technicians went to the school to test carbon monoxide levels.
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After students and staff waited outside the school for perhaps 15 minutes, Black said, the decision was made to get them out of the cold. They were taken to a nearby church, where teachers provided activities for the students until an all-clear was issued at about 11:15 a.m.
Students and staff returned to the building before noon.
“The worst thing that happened was lunch was served later than normal,” Black said.