Crandon School District closed until April following carbon monoxide leak

CRANDON, Wis. (WFRV) – The Crandon School District has an update on the carbon monoxide leak that left several students and staff needing medical attention.

On Thursday, March 14, the Forest County Sheriff’s Office determined that it was a mechanical issue with the furnace that caused elevated levels of carbon monoxide inside the school.

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The school district announced the building will be closed until April 2nd after spring break, saying, “After thorough investigations and in consultation with relevant authorities, it has been determined that further testing and inspection are necessary to conclusively address these concerns.”

39 students and staff members were sent to the hospital for symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning.

In wanting to ensure the safety of all students and staff, the district says, “We
are arranging for comprehensive cleaning of our facility. This process will involve a thorough
inspection, cleaning, and maintenance of all HVAC components to ensure optimal performance
and eliminate any potential sources of contamination or hazard.”

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Although the district recognizes this is an inconvenience for some, they “appreciate your patience and understanding as we work diligently to resolve this matter.”

For the full statement, click here.

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