Elementary faculty closed after individuals fall unwell 2 days in a row

Gantner Elementary School in Elmwood Park was closed Friday after people in the building became sick two days in a row, according to schools Superintendent Anthony Grieco.

Problems were first reported on Wednesday, when students reported feeling ill and the school was evacuated. On Thursday, the school was open and six staff members left sick – two of them by ambulance, Grieco said.

No students became sick on Thursday. And the staff members taken away by ambulance were treated and released, Grieco said.

Hazardous materials crews also responded on Thursday and found no traces of carbon monoxide.

“Out of an abundance of caution and to be proactive, we will be closing school (Friday) to perform these additional tests, to ensure the safety of our students and staff,” Grieco said in a statement posted on the district website. “As soon as we have those results, we will be sharing them with the community.”

Grieco said an independent, licensed environmental company is performing indoor air quality tests to determine the source of the problem.

An outside vendor has been at the school to test the combustion in the boilers and “found everything in working order,” the superintendent said.

The schools HVAC unit was also repaired and inspected Wednesday night, Grieco said.

Anthony G. Attrino may be reached at tattrino@njadvancemedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @TonyAttrino. Find NJ.com on Facebook.


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