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Children stay home as gas leak closes school

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: March 01, 2014

28/02/14 Gas leak GV Rosliston primary school..

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CHILDREN at a primary school in Swadlincote have been treated to an unexpected day off after a gas leak forced the premises to close.

Rosliston Primary School, in Rosliston Road, Rosliston, was closed yesterday – scheduled by the head teacher, Liz Greendwood, the night before, after she discovered a ‘minor’ gas leak on Thursday, which also led to a loss of heating.

Parents were notified of the closure the evening before by letters and text messages to make the necessary arrangements.

Mrs Greenwood discovered what she described as a ‘minor leak’ near the outside gas meter when she arrived at school on Thursday morning.

As a precaution she called emergency gas company, Transco, who came along to turn the gas off but this in turn meant the heating had to be turned off.

A spokesman for Derbyshire County Council, said: “The head teacher took the decision not to close the school on Thursday as the gas was off and the heating had been on in the morning so the school was warm and given the lovely sunny day she felt the children would be warm enough during the day.

“However Transco were unable to fix the fault on Thursday and their engineers had to come back on Friday morning.

“The head teacher took the decision to close the school as there would be no heating and the school would be too cold for pupils on Friday.

On making the decision to shut the school on Friday, Mrs Greenwood sent a letter home with children on Thursday night, sent a text alert and put the information on the school’s website to tell parents about the closure.

The gas fault was fixed yesterday morning and the school will be open as usual to children on Monday.

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