High school closed Thursday, Friday because of burning smell

January 6, 2022 GMT

BRANDON, Vt. (AP) — The Otter Valley Union High School was closed Thursday and will remain so on Friday because of an unidentified burning smell in the building, school officials said.

Classes will take place remotely on Friday, the Rutland Herald reported.

Staff had discovered a smell of smoke in the building on Thursday morning and they were working with the fire department to find the source of the smell, according to a message from school officials posted on the school’s Facebook page.

“We apologize for this inconvenience; however, the building needs to be cleared for safety before we can hold classes,” the post stated, according to the newspaper.

The post also noted that the school had many positive COVID-19 cases in the building this week. Over a quarter of students were out of school on Wednesday, and a significant number of the absences were related to COVID-19, the school said.

“We ask that over the next four days, you watch your student for symptoms and we encourage testing for COVID prior to returning to school next week if it is possible,” the school said.