Haile Selassie High to reopen today

Thursday, March 08, 2018

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HAILE Selassie High will reopen today after the school was dismissed early yesterday due to the presence of noxious fumes at the institution.

The update came in a release from the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information late yesterday, which also stated that staff reported that the source of the problem could have been from the Riverton City dump or any of the factories in the industrial belt that surrounds the school, which is located on Spanish Town Road in Kingston.

According to the release, Principal Lorenzo Ellis indicated that about 6:00 am yesterday, there was smoke and the smell of fumes at the institution.

Staff and students began to complain of chest pains and headaches while some with asthmatic and sinus conditions experienced complications, the release continued.

“One teacher was taken to hospital after having difficulty breathing,” the ministry said.

Following consultations with the school board and education officer, the ministry said it was decided that the school be closed at 8:39 am to protect staff and students.

Education Youth and Information Minister Senator Ruel Reid said the school made an immediate request of the Kingston and St Andrew Public Health Department to do a site visit to investigate the possible causes and conduct an air quality test.

The ministry said it will continue to monitor the situation.

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