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Kanawha County School Board President says there is a new policy for closing schools when a "strange smell" is reported

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Pete Thaw, Kanawha County School Board President Pete Thaw, Kanawha County School Board President
CHARLESTON, WV -

Kanawha County School Board President Pete Thaw says there is a new school board policy for closing schools when someone complains of a smell they believe is related to the recent chemical leak. 

This new policy comes after Thaw heard about at least one complaint on Friday, Feb. 7. It was reported at Riverside High School. "What we're going to do from now is, we have a team of people who are going to go out the minute we have a report and we're going to go out and test the school immediately and then have a test and then know if it's positive or negative," says Pete Thaw, Kanawha County School Board President.

Thaw added "The 'team' would consist of a member of health department, school administration, 'every discipline', before we turn anybody loose."

"This is becoming a self fulfilling prophecy. We're not going to be able to close these schools when somebody smells something. They smell it every morning. It's people who want the day off, let's be brutally frank," said Thaw.