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Classes dismissed after gas smell reported at Ireland Elementary

Over the past three days, several people have become ill.
Credit: ECISD

ODESSA, Texas — After several reports of a gas smell within Ireland Elementary, Ector Independent School District has decided to close the school for the remainder of Friday, December 3rd.

Parents are being told to pick their children up by noon. At noon, any child who has not been picked up will be taken by bus to Ross Elementary and parents can pick them up there.

According to ECISD's Chief Communications Officer, Mike Adkins, the reports of a gas smell within the school have been happening for several days, and several people have become ill, adding that "Odessa Fire & Rescue and Atmos have been on campus multiple times to conduct inspections and have not found any problems with the heating and ventilation systems. At this time, we do not have a reason to explain the illnesses, so, in order to be cautious classes will be dismissed for the rest of today. "

More building inspections will be done today and the school is expected to open again on Monday.