Penn-Griffin students report feeling sick from roofing fumes

Apr. 24, 2014 @ 04:28 PM

UPDATED 4:30 P.M.

Fumes from a roofing project at the Penn-Griffin School for the Arts caused seven students to become sick and transported to High Point Regional with respiratory issues Thursday afternoon.

Ambulances were called to the school at 2:21 p.m. and cleared the scene at 3:48 p.m., according to a High Point police and emergency services dispatcher. Students were complaining about the smell of tar, and school officials called for assistance.
The seven students transported by ambulance didn’t have life-threatening injuries, said Ryan Jones, shift commander for Guilford County Emergency Medical Services.
All the students taken to the hospital were transported at the request of their parents, said Guilford County Schools spokeswoman Cynthia Shah-Khan.
Two classrooms in the area where a roofing project is taking place were shifted to another part of the school, Shah-Khan told The High Point Enterprise. The two classrooms will remain vacant Friday as a precaution.
An air quality test showed the air at the school is in normal range, Shah-Khan said. But the school system will continue monitoring the situation.
Penn-Griffin, which is on Washington Street, has students from sixth through 12th grade.

 

Fumes from a roofing project at the Penn-Griffin School for the Arts caused some students to become sick with respiratory issues Thursday afternoon.
Ambulances were called to the school at 2:21 p.m. and cleared the scene at 3:48 p.m., according to a High Point police and emergency services dispatcher. Students were complaining about the smell of tar, and school officials called for assistance.
Penn-Griffin, which is on Washington Street, has students from sixth through 12th grade.