Nova Scotia

Westville school closed indefinitely

Highland Consolidated Middle School won't be reopening its doors until the fall at the earliest after it was closed suddenly on Monday.

Highland Consolidated Middle School won't be reopening its doors until the fall at the earliest after it was closed suddenly on Monday.

Students and staff had been complaining about a foul odor in the building for weeks.

The Department of Labour initiated an investigation at the school after complaints from staff. 

Wednesday afternoon, the board announced the school would be closed for the rest of the school year while the problem is being fixed.

Student Chyanne Bezanson said she developed rashes on her legs and arms.

"It smells like cheese and tar and cardboard," she said.

Her classmates were having similar issues, including Shelby MacLean.  

"I'd get, like, a headache and we'd end up scratching our arms and our neck because we'd have, like, red rashes on us, and we'd have sore throats."

The board says class will resume for students on April 23, but it has yet to announce a location.

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