Prussing Elementary School Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Announced by School

By Gordon S. Johnson, Jr.


Prussing Elementary School Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Announced

The following press release was put on the Prussing Elementary School website:

October 30, 2015

Dear Prussing Community:

Earlier today, Prussing was evacuated due to elevated carbon monoxide (CO) levels in the building. Prussing students have been relocated to Smyser Elementary, 4310 N. Melvina Ave. If you have not made other arrangements, please plan to pick your child up at Smyser at 3:15pm.

Numerous personnel from the Chicago Fire Department, Chicago Police Department, Chicago Public Schools, and Alderman Arena were all on site to help with the management of the situation. Please know that at all times, our absolute first priority was the immediate health and safety of Prussing students.

About 80 students and staff were transported to area hospitals today for precautionary purposes. We know how difficult this day has been for students and parents and we are continuing to work through the afternoon on managing the situation.

As of right now, we expect that school will be open on Monday. If this information changes we will notify parents as soon as possible.

We appreciate your patience as we have worked through the situation today, and we will update you with additional information as it becomes available.

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Dr. Chipain

Earlier Prussing Elementary School Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Announcement:

October 30, 2015

Prussing Parents and Families:

At approximately 10:15 a.m. we discovered an environmental condition that required us to evacuate the school building. All students and staff are accounted for and were removed to the playground. Chicago Emergency Services were called and they determined that we should evacuate all of the students to our nearest evacuation site: Smyser Elementary School 4310 N Melvina Ave, Chicago, IL 60634. More information will be forthcoming via our website.

There hasn’t been any more information, but we have more:

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Prussing Elementary Announcement

Time to Put Carbon Monoxide Detectors Where People Are

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Gordon Johnson

Attorney Gordon Johnson is one of the nations leading brain injury advocates. He is Past-Chair of the TBILG, a national group of more than 150 brain injury advocates. He has spoken at numerous brain injury seminars and is the author of some of the most read brain injury web pages on the internet.

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