UPDATE: Tests indicate no air quality issues at Eastern Middle School, campus remains closed

Friday, August 23, 2019

Eastern Greene Schools stated continued investigation into a hazardous material spill has shown no hazardous air quality issues.

The school issued a statement via Facebook Friday afternoon that states:

"Greene County Health Department and the Indiana State Department of Health officials have evaluated and performed additional tests at the elementary and middle school campus again this morning. The tests are all negative for any hazardous air quality issues, as did previous testing. At this time, the campus will remain closed until re-testing is performed Sunday morning. Eastern Greene Elementary and Middle School administration will release a statement on Sunday, Aug. 25 as soon as officials have made a decision to update our community on testing," the notice states.

School officials added, "Social media can be a very positive networking tool. Letís work together on making sure that information we share is accurate."

The investigation into a hazardous material spill at Eastern Greene Middle School started Thursday afternoon.

Center-Jackson Fire Territory Chief Jeremy Inman issued an updated press release Friday morning, stating the department, along with several other agencies, were dispatched to Eastern Greene Middle School on Thursday afternoon at 2:48 p.m. in response to a possible chemical leak or spill.

School officials stated they took quick action to ensure the issue did not spread.

"This incident was confined to a small area and the school took quick action to prevent spreading to other parts of the school. Eastern Greene School staff did contact students and parents that were in the immediate area," the statement reported.

Five patients were initially transported to local hospitals for evaluation due to complaints of "minor upper airway irritation."

Everyone has since been released from the hospital..

The school was closed Friday while officials continued conducting tests.

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