No gas leak detected at Critzer; school to open Thursday

Pulaski County Public Schools

Critzer Elementary School, in accordance with guidelines established in its school safety plan, was evacuated at approximately 9 a.m. today when teachers and students reported smelling gas in one wing of the school. Students were transported home by bus or released to their parents at approximately 10:30 a.m. after a determination was made that it might be early afternoon before the building could be cleared.

The school was inspected by a representative from Atmos Energy and no leak was detected. The Pulaski Fire Department has since cleared the building for occupancy.

Pulaski County Public Schools and Atmos Energy will inspect the building again on Thursday morning before the arrival of staff and students as a precautionary measure. We anticipate that Critzer will operate on a regular schedule for Thursday, August 18, 2022.

We’d like to offer our sincere thanks to the members of the Pulaski Fire Department, Pulaski County Public Safety, Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office, Town of Pulaski Police, Pulaski County Emergency Management, Atmos Energy, the faculty and staff of Critzer Elementary, and everyone else who helped for their quick response and professional handling of this situation.