ATLANTA -- Sylvan Hills Middle School in southwest Atlanta will reopen Friday morning, one day after officials were forced to evacuate the building.
Atlanta Fire spokeswoman Janet Ward said a leak was first reported at around 8:30 a.m. Thursday. Atlanta Gas Light crews were dispatched to the school, but determined there was no gas leak. Instead, heating equipment inside the building malfunctioned and emitted a gassy smell.
Atlanta Public Schools spokeswoman Kimberly Willis Green said students were taken to Kennedy Middle School. Parents were notified of the move through phones calls, e-mails, letters and social media.
Sylvan students who usually walk home or are picked up by parents will be returned to their school in time for afternoon dismissal, according to Green. Bus riders will leave from Kennedy.
"All students and staff are safe and accounted for, and at no time were any students or staff members in danger," Green added. "APS will always err on the side of caution to ensure the safety and security of our students and employees."