Noxious smells keep students at home

According to the report, parents believe the source of the odors is the school's sewer, and many chose to keep their children at home rather than expose them to a public health hazard.

By MIRIAM BULWAR DAVID-HAY
October 25, 2007 10:09

 
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Numerous students at Kfar Saba's Golda elementary school were kept home by their parents last week after an outbreak of nausea, headaches and breathlessness hit the schoolchildren and residents living in the vicinity of the school, reports Ha'ir-Tzomet Hasharon. Strange and unpleasant odors were first noticed in the area two weeks ago, sparking fears of a gas leak. Municipal inspectors sent to the neighborhood could not find any leak, but last week residents began turning up at the local Meir hospital complaining of headaches, breathlessness and nausea. According to the report, parents believe the source of the odors is the school's sewer, and many chose to keep their children at home rather than expose them to a public health hazard. A parents committee spokesman said the stench was particularly noticeable in the staff room, the school's back yard and its sports hall. A municipal spokesman said the city was "sparing no effort to solve the problem as quickly as possible," but government professionals had decided that there was no danger to health in the area.

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