Paynesville HS closes due to air quality issues

6:57 AM, Dec 19, 2012   |    comments
Credit: Paul Thielen
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PAYNESVILLE, Minn. - A St. Cloud hazardous chemical and assessment team is trying to determine what sickened students at a Paynesville school.

Paynesville Superintendent Bob Huot told the St. Cloud Times that seven students felt woozy during a choir concert Monday night and were taken to a hospital. He says they went treated and felt fine by Tuesday morning.

The Paynesville Area Secondary School students started feeling sick again as classes resumed Tuesday, so the school sent students home at about 11 a.m. Monday.

KARE 11 reporter Renee Tessman reports that CO levels were checked again Tuesday morning at 6 a.m. and were not elevated.  The reading was a four and officials say that levels need to 60 and above to make people sick.

Tuesday 20 people were nauseous with nine people being seen at a health clinic, 11 at the hospital.  Six students were transported by ambulance when parents could not be reached.

The school has grades six through 12.

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