Ridgeview Charter to reopen Friday after hazmat incident

Ridgeview Charter School will reopen on its normal schedule Friday after being evacuated Thursday after several students experienced troubles breathing or chest pains.

But no potential cause of the students’ illnesses had been determined as of late Thursday. District spokeswoman Susan Hale said hazmat crews did not find any environmental issues that may have caused the students’ symptoms. District maintenance workers also did not find any abnormalities, she added, but will continue to monitor building systems and will be on site Friday.

At least 12 students were reported to have experienced symptoms and were evaluated at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite, according to Channel 2 Action News.

The school called 911 around 3:30 p.m. when four students began to complain of trouble breathing, Hale said. All four were in the same vicinity of the school. That prompted the evacuation of the school.

Students were taken to High Point Elementary, and parents were allowed to pick up their children there. Students who remained were taken by bus to their homes by mid-evening Thursday.