PITTSFIELD-- Students were sent home this morning from Taconic High School, due to a leak in the heating system, Pittsfield Superintendent of Schools Jake McCandless said.

The leak, which McCandless referred to as "akin to anti-freeze" and centered under the floor in the school's main office, had been worked on by city maintenance workers this week and was thought to have been somewhat contained.

"We've had a bit of an issue all week," McCandless said.

The leak grew worse this morning with several students complaining of feeling light headed.

"The potential for the fumes to get into the building was there," McCandless said. "It felt more pervasive."

The Pittsfield Fire Department, health department and maintenance department were called to the school after 9 a.m.

At 9:30 a.m., a decision to close the school was made. All students were let out of the building by 10:40 a.m., McCandless said. "We felt the right thing to do was to get all of the students out of here."

A decision on when to reopen the school is expected to be made later today.

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