***1:50 p.m. update: The students and staff are returning to Stewart Avenue Public School***
Students and staff at Stewart Avenue Public School in Cambridge are now returning to the school following a gas leak on Wednesday afternoon.
Lynsey Slupeiks is a Communications Officer with the Waterloo Region District School Board.
"There was some work happening outside near a play area at the school. Some workers hit a gas line, which caused a gas leak."
Students were promptly evacuated to Chalmers Street Public School.
"Chalmers is approximately about a 10 minute walk away. So every student and staff member walked to Chalmers."
Slupeiks says Cambridge Fire and Union Gas responded to the scene. Fire officials determined that it was safe for students to return to school and resume their regular routings.
The evacuation lasted less than an hour.
The gas leak has been repaired and @stwwrdsb students and staff are returning to school. We want to thank everyone for their patience.— Waterloo Region DSB (@wrdsb) October 23, 2019
Our students did a great job of following directions and remaining calm! https://t.co/zeOJnVAHrs