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BUSHLAND -- A gas leak at Bushland Middle School leaves students out in the cold.
BUSHLAND -- A gas leak at Bushland Middle School leaves students out in the cold.

Administrators say the gas was turned off after the leak was found. Problem is, turn off the gas, and the school's heat goes with it.

With student safety in mind, teachers are advising parents to make sure their students are dressed for cooler temperatures in the classroom.

On average, Bushland administrators say they keep their classrooms between 68 and 72 degrees, but the average for classrooms on Thursday fell around 66 degrees.

Some classrooms stayed warm thanks to space heaters, but for that couldn't keep the cold out, transferring students to portable classrooms with their own separate heating was an option for all teachers.

Officials say another fix could bring heat back to the school shortly.

"We have temporary heat coming in," said Don Wood, Bushland Superintendent. "They're gonna give us a temporary line above ground that should heat most of the school."

That temporary line will make gas available for the school again, heating up most of the campus.

All that's left now is to fix the main line, and according to Superintendent Wood, that could take several days.
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