‘New Brockton High School is safe’

Coffee County Schools Superintendent announced that all agencies involved in investigating the carbon monoxide exposure at New Brockton High School deemed the school safe, according to a press release.

“It is the opinion of all agencies involved that New Brockton High School is safe,” Killingsworth said.

The release states that the total list of agencies helping in the investigation include The Southeast Gas Company, Coffee County EMA, New Brockton Police Department, New Brockton Fire Department, Fort Rucker Fire Department, Enterprise Fire Department, Coffee County Sheriff’s Department and Alabama Department of Public Health.

The opinion of the agencies comes after two days of testing and three total tests of the high school and the buses for carbon monoxide leaks with all sweeps showing negative results, according to the release.

The school system will further test the school over the weekend and conduct any additional tests the agencies helping deem necessary, according to the release.

Both NBHS and New Brockton Elementary are set to resume normal hours and business starting Monday, Aug. 19, according to the release.

The opinion of the agencies comes after four students participating in gym class on Aug. 15 suffered symptoms of dizziness, headache and nausea and were transported to Enterprise Medical Center for heat stress, according to the release.

At EMC, it was found that the students had elevated levels of carbon monoxide. The NBHS gym evacuated were evacuated and all students leaving the gym were checked for symptoms by the nurse, according to the release.

 Later that evening on Aug. 15 four additional students went to the EMC emergency room and were also found to have elevated levels of carbon monoxide. The system shut down both NBHS and NBES at this point as a precautionary measure, according to the release.

The Coffee County EMA said in a press release on Aug. 16 that it believes the students’ exposure did not occur at the school after the three tests of the school and buses yielded negative results.

The Coffee County School System is asking any parent or guardian whose child has shown these symptoms to contact the main office in Elba at (334) 897-5016 or New Brockton High School at (334) 894-2350.

Killingsworth said in the release that the safety of the students remains the system’s highest concern.

“Beyond what has been posted, reported or stated, our number one priority is the safety and welfare of our students and staff,” Killingsworth said. “The Coffee County School Board, Coffee County School's administration and staff will always put student safety first.”

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