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Pawhuska Junior High, High School still out because of gas leak

The school says they expect to release new information on the leak and details on back to school dates on Monday (KTUL).

PAWHUSKA, Okla. (KTUL) -- While many schools have been back in session for at least a week now, Pawhuska Middle School and High School are still out because of a gas leak.

The most recent news from the school: kindergartners through sixth grade will start school on Monday.

The school hopes to have the middle schoolers and high schoolers back in session by the middle of the week.

"I am just worried because I have a senior this year and he does summer programs," Misty Smolik said. "Being out of school, if they extend it, is going to interfere."

Over the weekend crews started construction on a ventilation system.

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Superintendent Janet Neufeld says the construction and the all clear from the Oklahoma Corporation Commission and the State Fire Marshal is keeping the middle schoolers and high schoolers from returning to school.

Parents need a little more reassurance.

"Being in the medical field, I know what methane does to the blood," parent Judi Walls.

"It is not like it is just bad water, it is dangerous," Smolik said.

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She is still deciding if she will be letting her kids head back to school when the time comes.

"We will have to see how it goes and what kind of proof they can show us that they have this completely under control," Smolik said.

The school says they expect to release new information on the leak and details on back to school dates on Monday.

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