Oakland School Without Heat After Gas Leak Shuts Down Central Heating


A gas leak that shut down an Oakland elementary school's central heating last week has forced students to learn in classrooms that are in the upper 50's to lower 60's degrees before temporary heaters were installed.

Students at Brookfield Elementary have been without warm food since the heating went out on Feb. 7. They were warmed up by space heaters the day after the Oakland Unified School District was forced to shut off heating because of the gas leak.

More temporary heaters were being installed Tuesday in all occupied classrooms, according to OUSD spokesperson John Sasaki. 

Sack lunches are distributed to the students instead of warm lunches because the school has also been unable to make hot food, Sasaki said.

The outage comes as the Bay Area is experiencing very low temperatures brought in by the rain storm and a winter storm.

Brookfield Elementary serves students from kindergarten through Grade 5 and has 296 students, according to the California Department of Education.

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