12 Glastonbury students treated for illness after odor evacuates school

Eastbury Elementary School (WTNH/ Scott McDonnell)

GLASTONBURY, Conn. (WTNH)– A school in Glastonbury was evacuated after a strong odor sent 12 kids to the hospital Thursday morning.

Police say the fire alarm at Eastbury Elementary School, at 1389 Neipsic Road, was activated just before 11:00 a.m., after several students complained of not feeling well. The fire department responded to check the school, and the building was evacuated due to a strong odor.

Police say that twelve students were transported to the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center in Hartford as a precaution. During a news conference at 2:45 p.m. Thursday afternoon, officials at Connecticut Children’s Medical Center announced that all twelve students had been discharged.

According to police, the the fire department has not found anything hazardous in the school.

The remaining students were taken to Gideon Welles School at 1029 Neipsic Road, where parents could pick up their children. School has been dismissed for the day.

News 8 spoke with school officials late Thursday afternoon to ask if school would be in session Friday. At the time, a decision had not yet been made. The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) issued the following statement late Thursday afternoon:

The CT Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) Emergency Response unit will be conducting air quality tests at Eastbury School, Neipsic Rd., Glastonbury, this afternoon to see if they can learn more about why 10 students there had to be taken to a local hospital after complaining about not feeling well.

The DEEP team will take air samples from areas of the school that the students had occupied – as well as focusing on areas where appliances, furnaces and storage areas are located.  They will attempt to perform field tests on some samples.  Other samples will be taken to a lab for more detailed analysis. 

DEEP will share information on test results as it becomes available.

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