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Pemberton Kindergarten Class Gets Clean Bill of Health

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SALISBURY, Md. – School officials at Pemberton Elementary say the kindergarten class evacuated Wednesday afternoon has been cleared by the Salisbury Fire Department.

The fire department found no traces of environmental hazards such as mold, carbon monoxide or any toxic substances inside or near the classroom.

On Wednesday, three kindergarteners were sent to Peninsula Regional Medical Center after experiencing asthma-like symptoms. Eight other students subsequently came down with fevers and stayed home from that kindergarten class Thursday.

Pemberton principal Curtis Twilley said the school's facility services staff gave the room a thorough scrub-down.

“We are doing deep cleaning every night – we'll do that again this evening with anti-viral cleaning supplies to make sure that everything is safe,” said Twilley.

53 students, or 10 percent of the school population, were counted absent on Thursday. That number is higher than the average 12-20 students marked absent on a given day.

School board health coordinator nurse Diane Pellegrino said she is following up with parents on the condition of those students who were absent Thursday.

“We are coming into flu season and this seems to be a couple of different viruses going around – flu-like symptoms,” said Pellegrino. “And we are coming into the winter, into that season – so it's not uncommon.”

On Thursday, school continued as usual and students and staff were allowed back inside the classroom in question. Officials say they will stay on top of this issue in conjunction with the Wicomico County Health Department to determine what caused the illnesses.

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