Clay County school evacuated after septic leak sends foul odor across campus

By 10 a.m., the students were back in classrooms

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CLAY COUNTY, Fla. – A high school in Clay County had to be evacuated Tuesday morning after an unknown smell wafted through the campus, officials said. The district later discovered the smell was related to a septic leak.

In a tweet just after 8 a.m., Oakleaf High School said it “evacuated students and staff to the football stadium due to an undetermined smell on campus.”

The school said Clay County Fire and Rescue found no indications of any gas leaks and county maintenance personnel were on the scene to investigate a “possible septic situation.”

A school district spokesperson confirmed to News4JAX there was a septic leak at the school, but added “there is not an active sewage issue at Oakleaf.”

As of 8:30 a.m., the district said students were still in the stadium and would remain there until maintenance workers can find the source of the odor.

Air handlings units were brought in to get the odor out of the school, officials said.

By 9:45 a.m. the school said district maintenance teams had cleared out the smell and the school would resume the normal school schedule. The school said any students who left will have their absences excused for the day.

“Thank you for your patience as we took the time to determine the safety of campus,” the school wrote.


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