Cumby ISD students allowed back in after odor identified

UPDATE: Cumby ISD released a statement that the odor has been detected and identified. Students and staff were sent to the gym as Hopkins County Fire and Atmos Energy investigated the odor.

The school district said people were allowed to return to the buildings and games set for tonight will resume.

CUMBY, Texas (KETK) – Students and faculty of Cumby Collegiate High School were evacuated from campus on Tuesday.

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According to the district, an odor was detected with an unknown cause. Firefighters from Hopkins County and Cumby are on the scene, along with Atmos and HVAC technicians.

“All faculty and students have been evacuated for their safety, and will be medically examined if they desire,” according to the district. “Parents will be notified if their student does not feel well.”

Parents with questions can contact the school at 903-994-4801.

The mayor of Cumby posted to Facebook to confirm there “is in fact a situation at the high school,” saying it was likely caused by an HVAC system, not an active gas leak. The mayor said staff reacted quickly to get students out of the affected areas and into the gym.

“This is not a situation that should cause any panic or chaos,” Mayor Amber Hardy said. “The students are in good hands. Please remain calm and courteous towards Cumby ISD staff and any county or city officials.”

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