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Natural gas leak prompted students to be moved to nearby church, then sent home.

This story has been updated from its original version.

TIDINGS PHOTO  - Rosemont Ridge Middle School was evacuated Friday morning. 
At 10 a.m. Friday morning, staff and students were evacuated from Rosemont Ridge Middle School after staff noticed a strong and unidentified smell. The smell was eventually identified as a natural gas leak, according to West Linn-Wilsonville School District Communications Director Andrew Kilstrom.

All students exited the building safely and made their way to Willamette Christian Church. Around 11:15, Kilstrom sent a message to parents with details on a dismissal plan for the day.

"We are releasing buses first," Kilstrom wrote. "Then we will release walkers, and finally we will allow parent pickup. Please do not come to the church to pick up your children until after 11:30."

Parents were instructed to bring a photo ID when picking up their children. The school building will be reopened from 3-5 p.m. for students to pick up their belongings. Students and family members must check in at the front office first, so a staff member can escort them.

The gas leak was caused by a broken regulator which was identified and replaced Friday afternoon.

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