Gas leak at Verona elementary school briefly prompts evacuation; students cleared to return

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VERONA, Wis. — Students and staff with one of the Verona Area School District’s elementary schools were briefly evacuated Friday morning due to a gas leak outside of Country View Elementary School.

District officials said the leak outside of the school was first reported around 6:30 a.m. The district has since given the all-clear for families to drop their students off starting at 8:15 a.m.

Some students and staff had been transported to Sugar Creek Elementary School while utility crews addressed the leak; they will be transported back to Country View Elementary via bus.

Country View is located on Verona’s northside.

Read the district’s full statement on the initial leak here:

Regarding Country View Elementary School – School officials were made aware of an external gas leak outside of Country View Elementary at approximately 6:30 AM this morning. We are having all staff and students temporarily report to Sugar Creek Elementary School. Bus transportation might be slightly delayed around the remainder of the district. We are expecting MGE to clear the gas leak very shortly and confirm the building is safe for our return. VASD staff will utilize Badger Bus to provide transportation back to Country View when the area is clear. We will communicate updates as soon as we have them.