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FD: 13 students, 1 teacher 'felt sick' after odor in a classroom at Glendale school

The parents of the affected students were notified, Glendale fire said, and two buildings at the school was evacuated.

Two buildings at Sierra Verde Elementary School in Glendale were evacuated after an unknown odor in one of the classrooms Wednesday morning, according to Glendale FD.

Glendale fire says 13 students and a teacher were feeling lightheaded for "an unknown reason."

According to Glendale fire, the students and teacher were evaluated and "tested OK." The group was not taken to a hospital.

The parents of the affected students were notified, Glendale fire said, and one building at the school was evacuated.

In a letter to parents, the school district said it would be conducting air quality tests to determine the cause of the smell. The district added that students would not be allowed back in the rooms until the air quality cleared testing.

Crews are still testing to figure out what the odor was.

Letters from school district to parents: 

Dear Sierra Verde Parents & Guardians,

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 light-headed.

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 building and have contacted the Hazardous Materials Unit to investigate. In addition, we have called paramedics to help assist in assessing the students.

We will provide you with an update later today.

Sierra Verde School & Deer Valley Unified School District


Dear Sierra Verde Parents & Guardians,

We want to provide you with additional information about a a strange smell that was reported in a classroom of the 500 Building at Sierra Verde School. Fire, Police, and Haz Mat crews responded. Nine students and a teacher felt light-headed. Paramedics assessed the students and teacher. All of the students' parents were contacted and all declined to have their students transported.

The Fire and Haz Mat crews worked with our District Facility staff to determine the cause of the smell. The crews conducted an extensive sweep of the 500 and 600 buildings. We will conduct indoor air quality tests of the room affected. Students will not be in that room until the indoor air quality results are cleared.

We appreciate your patience during this time.

Sierra Verde School & Deer Valley Unified School District