Sickness affecting 48 at Lehigh Valley Academy Regional Charter School still unexplained

TWP HANNOVER, Pennsylvania — Authorities say they still don’t know why several dozen children and adults at a school in Northampton County, Pennsylvania, fell ill last week, prompting an evacuation.

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Chief Scott Van Why of the Hanover Community Volunteer Fire Department told The (Allentown) Morning Call on Sunday that air tests had found nothing to explain what affected 48 children and adults at the Lehigh Valley Academy Regional Charter School on Friday.

Emergency workers were sent to the school after nearly a dozen people called in sick in one of the three buildings. Officials said the building, which houses seventh through twelfth graders, was evacuated “as a precaution” but normal operations continued in other buildings housing younger students.

Lehigh Valley Academy Regional Charter School CEO Susan Mauser said most of those taken to hospitals for evaluation were released Friday night, reported.

Fire and hazardous materials officials checked for oxygen, carbon monoxide, hydrogen fluoride and combustible gases and found all within normal ranges, Mauser said. A visual inspection for hazardous materials also revealed nothing and the HVAC unit was found to be working, she said.

The building owner should bring in air quality specialists in the coming days to further assess the building, Mauser said.

The Charter School has 1,825 students from 16 school districts in the area.

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