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RAYMORE, MO (KCTV) -
An elementary school in the Raymore-Peculiar School District was evacuated because of high carbon monoxide levels.
Higher than usual carbon monoxide levels were recorded Monday morning at Timber Creek Elementary, located at 310 E. Calico Dr.
Firefighters responded to the school to test the air quality, and ventilated the building, but levels were still high.
As a safety precaution, the staff and students were evacuated to Raymore Elementary.Some suffered from headaches, but no major health problems were reported due to the elevated levels.
Authorities determined that faulty heat exchanges two of the heating units were the cause. Students were allowed to return to Timber Creek's gym at 2 p.m. where classes will be dismissed at the regular time.
The required tests and necessary repairs have been made. School will resume as scheduled on Tuesday.
"Thank you to the South Metro Fire Protection District for its timely assistance. Kudos to students, teachers, and staff from both schools as they demonstrated flexibility, creativity, cooperation and collaboration in the unexpected change in the school day," according to a news release. "Thanks to the Child Nutrition staff for handling the logistical challenges of feeding hundreds more students from one location. Thanks to the Apple Bus drivers who responded in the middle of the day to provide transportation."
The district offered gratitude to students' parents for their support and understanding during the emergency situation.
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