SPOONER, WI -- (Press Release) -- This is an update on the situation regarding the Spooner Middle School where a strong epoxy-like odor spread through the school on Wednesday, 11/10/2021, causing some students and staff members to become ill and everyone in the building to be evacuated.
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The most critical piece of this matter continues to be the health and safety of our students and staff members. The epoxy-like odor continues to be present in three areas of the building today. In person learning will not resume at Spooner Middle School until we are assured the environment is safe for everyone in the building. In the meantime, the Spooner Fire Department has ordered the building closed.
Students and parents are encouraged to pick up computers, materials and other devices today at Spooner Wesleyan Church. Pick up hours run until 6:00 p.m. this evening. Staff will deliver materials not picked up today to student homes tomorrow. Remote learning will begin for students when they have their computers in hand. Remote learning continues for Spooner Middle School Students until all students and staff members can return to the building safely. Classes will continue as scheduled for students at Spooner High School, Spooner Elementary School and Washburn County Alternative High School.
The District continues to investigate the matter to determine the source of the strong epoxy-like odor. Advanced environmental sampling of indoor air and materials took place today. This phase of sampling will include testing for Volatile Organic Compounds and Semi Volatile Organic Compounds.
A total of 40 students and 24 staff members have been treated at local medical facilities since the 11/10/2021 incident.
We are grateful that those who were admitted to local hospitals have now returned home to their families. Please join us in wishing all of those who have fallen ill a speedy and full recovery.