Noelani Elementary School releases students early due to chemical odor

Noelani Elementary School releases students early due to chemical odor

MANOA, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Noelani Elementary School in Manoa ended the school day around 12:40 p.m. today, Monday, March 10 due to a chemical odor reported near the school.

"We investigated and discovered that there was signs of a chemical had been dumped into the sewer system" said Honolulu Fire Department Chief Terry Seelig.

School officials notified the Honolulu Fire Department (HFD) of a suspicious odor in the area around 8 a.m.  HFD worked with the City Department of Environmental Services and the State Department of Health to identify the source of the odor.  Students were kept indoors from the start of school as officials awaited the "all-clear." "It smelled gross so we closed all the windows and doors" said Kellen Sapp, a student at the school.

According to Emergency Medical Services, who was on-site with HFD, a total of 10 students reported feeling symptoms of nausea. "We started seeing, unfortunately, an increase in people expressing some symptoms, but that was hours after the initial call" said Seelig.

The air quality around the school campus was determined "clear" at around 12:30 p.m.  As a precautionary measure, school administrators notified parents shortly after noon to pick up their children prior to the regular 2:15 p.m. end time.

"I received communication via email and telephone informing us what was happening at the school" said Lisa Sapp, Kellen's mother.

Classes will resume as scheduled tomorrow, Tuesday, March 11.

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