Sierra Verde Elementary School was evacuated May 1 after a number of students and staff became dizzy from inhaling an unusual odor.
Fire officials were called to the school at around 10 a.m. after 13 students and a teacher smelled an unknown odor while in a classroom, according to Glendale Fire Department spokeswoman Ashley Losch. The people said they felt “dizzy and sick.”
Two buildings at the school were evacuated for precautionary measures and fire officials called in multiple hazardous materials teams to search and test the building to assess the odors.
Losch said, “All of the students who were affected have parents there, and any parents who have not been notified, their children or kid is not affected.”
The affected students and teacher were treated by emergency personnel at the scene and released.
The Deer Valley Unified School District and Sierra Verde School officials released a statement:
“This morning, a strange smell was discovered in a classroom of the 500 building at Sierra Verde School. In addition, a couple of students felt lightheaded. Custodial staff on campus do not smell anything unusual in the room; however, to ensure safety of the students we have evacuated the 500 and 600 buildings and have contacted the hazardous materials unit to investigate.
“In addition, we have called paramedics to help assist in assessing the students.”
The cause of the odor is still being investigated by officials.