Havre de Grace Elementary reopens

Havre de Grace Elementary School reopened to students and faculty Tuesday morning, after an odor inside the building prompted school officials to cancel classes Friday.

The school was closed Friday because of a strong odor caused by work on pipes in the crawl space earlier in the week, Harford County Public Schools Manager of Communications Teri Kranefeld said.

Kranefeld confirmed via e-mail Tuesday that classes in the school would resume that morning, following Monday's Martin Luther King Day holiday.

Friday's closure was for students only. Teachers and staff reported as regularly scheduled.

In an e-mail Friday afternoon, Kranefeld explained that routine work was being performed on pipes in the school's crawl space, and insulation on the pipes were removed.

"All work was completed in the evening," she wrote, "however, when the hot water flowed through the pipes when the heat was turned on in the morning, the crawl space heated up and the smell of the crawl space permeated through the floor."

Friday's closure was to allow the school system's facilities department additional time to remove the odor, Kranefeld said.

Information was to be given to parents Monday evening on the condition of the school, Kranefeld said.

A caller to The Aegis Thursday said students and parents had been complaining about the odor all last week, but that school officials just took action Thursday.

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