Officials in the Vestal School District say in-person classes are expected to be back on September 30 at the Vestal Hills Elementary School after students were turned back on their way to class Wednesday due to a potentially dangerous situation.

Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News (file)
Photo: Bob Joseph/WNBF News (file)

Vestal School officials say a regulator on the secondary boiler in the building malfunctioned, sending carbon monoxide into the building.

A building-wide system alarm activated early September 29 indicating the detection of the deadly gas and the District decided to close the building.

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Some students were alerted to stay home while other students already on their bus were returned home or taken to the African Road School’s auditorium to be picked up by a parent or guardian.

Officials say New York State Electric and Gas shut down the problem boiler and the building systems were checked by a third-party contractor for any electrical issues.  The building was ventilated and air sampling done, resulting in a zero reading on a carbon monoxide meter.

A statement from the Vestal School District at 5:25 p.m. September 29 said a District contractor has placed three carbon monoxide detectors in key areas of the building and a re-test was to be done before staff and students reported on September 30.

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