RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — A mysterious odor has returned to Cary Elementary School in Richmond, and now it’s affecting two classrooms.
For the third time in the last year, kindergartners have been moved from their classrooms because of a weird smell. It’s affecting the same classroom as last time, and now the one next door as well.
8News reporter Tim Wronka asked parents about the issue when it first surfaced last year.
“I thought it smelled like something decomposed,” said Betty Bailey. “Like a sick smell.”
Added Richmond Public School Assistant Superintendent Tommy Kranz, “the odor that’s been described is one that smells like a dead type of animal inside this room.”
But the cause remains unknown, and now it’s back.
Kranz said back in November outside professionals checked everything from pipes to floors, ceilings to blinds. Yet nothing was found.
An environmental safety test was also performed showing everything is safe.
8News obtained a copy of a letter that was sent home to parents on Wednesday that says in part, school leaders are doing everything they can to address the situation.
Students will remain out of those classrooms for the rest of the week.
The school will continue working on the issue to get them back in the classrooms next week.