Kenston Middle School evacuated again, 4 teachers & 3 students hospitalized

GEAUGA COUNTY, OH (WOIO) - Four Kenston Middle School teachers and three students were taken to the hospital for observation Wednesday and the school was evacuated again, after they got sick from a smell.

All seven victims complained of dizziness.

Superintendent Nancy Santilli said the entire building was tested, evaluated, inspected and given the all-clear by the Bainbridge Fire Department following the first incident on Tuesday.

"We were assured it was safe to have students and staff return to Kenston Middle School," she said.

School officials have been in contact with the roofing contractors to review the complete details of all work to date, including all products and materials used.

These details have also been submitted to the Chagrin/Southeast Regional Hazardous Materials Response Team.

An independent engineering construction consultant who specializes in roofing projects has been on-site to review and advise.

The fire department has once again cleared the building to allow students and parents to come and get any belongings out of their classrooms and lockers.

This can be done Wednesday, Oct. 5th, from 9 to 11 a.m. and 5 to 7 p.m.

On Tuesday, 11 people were hospitalized after falling ill at Kenston Middle School at 17425 Snyder Road.

Santilli said the odor was caused by a roofing adhesive, which was brought in through the school's air handlers.

The 10 students and one staff member felt dizzy and lightheaded, according to school officials.

All middle school students and staff were evacuated to the high school, which is right down the street

Samantha Schaedler left work early, picked up her 3 boys and her neighbor's kids. She's taking things in stride and believes the district is doing the right thing.

"I don't want to be upset, I don't want to not support the district. I feel that they have our children's safety in our best interests and I truly believe that and I don't want to make this a bigger issue than what it really is," she said.

A total of 670 students were evacuated from the Bainbridge Township middle school.

Classes have been canceled for the rest of the week.

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