SPOONER, WI -- The Spooner Area School District has issued an updated press release regarding the situation at the Spooner Middle School on Wednesday, November 11, 2021, which also led to the closing of the school today.
This in an update on yesterday’s incident at Spooner Middle School where a strong epoxy-like odor spread throughout the school building causing physical discomfort and illness for some students and staff members.
Our greatest concern is for the wellbeing of our students and staff members. Despite a prompt evacuation of the building, exposure to the strong epoxy-like odor caused numerous students and staff members to report feeling ill.
As of this time, we are aware of 24 students and 20 staff members who received medical treatment for their symptoms during school hours yesterday as well as yesterday evening and last night. Two students were transported to a medical facility out of the immediate area for additional care. We ask that everyone joins us in sending well wishes for a prompt and full recovery of each of our students and staff members impacted by this incident.
The Spooner Area School District continues to work with local health officials, state regulatory agencies and service providers to determine the cause of the epoxy-like odor and ensure that the middle school building is safe for students and staff members to return. In person instruction will resume at the middle school when we can ensure that all staff and students can safely re-enter the building. Classes will continue as scheduled at Spooner Elementary School, Spooner High School and the Washburn County Alternative High School.
We want to thank the numerous area agencies and organizations that provided support during yesterday’s incident.
Updated information will be provided as it becomes available.
- Per SASD Administration