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Building evacuated at Bethlehem, Pa., charter school after illnesses reported

Nov. 7, 2022
Authorities say they haven't determined what caused 48 students and staff at Lehigh Valley Academy to become ill.

Authorities say they still don't know what caused several dozen children and adults to fall ill Friday at a Bethlehem, Pa., charter school.

The Allentown Morning Call reports that tests of the air at Lehigh Valley Academy Regional Charter School turned up nothing to explain what affected 48 children and adults

Chief Scott Van Why of the Hanover Township Volunteer Fire Department said firefighters found nothing detectable and released the building back to school officials. They recommended that the school hire a third party to come in and do an air-quality test before bringing students and staff back.

Emergency responders were sent to the school Friday after nearly a dozen people were reported sick in one of the three buildings. Officials said that building, which houses seventh- through twelfth-grade students, was evacuated out of an abundance of caution.

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