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Odor Closes Berlin School Through Wednesday



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    Something's in the air in Berlin and it's caused schools to close.

    Students of McGee Middle School in Berlin will stay home through Wednesday after something in the air disrupted school for several days last week.

    District officials are continuing to try to figure out what's going on.

    On Wednesday, the school was evacuated because of a strange odor. Then, on Thursday, students were sent home early after a tarring project on the roof made a teacher ill. Air tests came back fine, so school was back in session on Friday.

    But, then a strange smell sent students home early after some people complained of scratchy throats and watery eyes.

    While something in the air was irritating students, what irritated parents was how the school dealt with the dismissals.

    "We got a call for 10 a.m. that they were going to let them out, and it's just, you know, we've got lives here. And this is not good with our kids being pulled out like this. And now they're scared to come back," Bill Petry, of Berlin, said.

    Over the weekend, air quality tests were done inside the school and the results are expected back sometime on Tuesday.

    On Wednesday, the district has tentatively set up tours for parents from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. and they plan to hold a meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday night because many parents have questions about what's going on.

    If tests show the air quality is fine, school will be back in session on Thursday.