Donaldsonville Primary sheltering lifted

Greg Fischer

Just a few minutes ago, March 3, Donaldsonville Primary students were faced with a sheltering after a strong odor was detected in the air.

According to Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office (APSO) Public Information Officer, Allison Hudson, the sheltering was lifted after the odor was identified as an herbicide used by a nearby farmer. A strong wind in the area carried it over.

The herbicide had a heavy scent, but it was not deemed to be dangerous. At around noon the students were called in from playing outside, and a sheltering procedure began. However, APSO identified the smell and lifted the sheltering.

A typical sheltering procedure involves students remaining inside the school until parents can come pick them up. In this case, the order was rescinded before that became necessary.

Update 12:37 p.m.: Students are being dismissed early due to "abundance of caution," Jackie Tisdell, Public Information Officer for Ascension Public Schools, said. Ascension Head Start and the Central Office in D'ville are also calling it a day.

The herbicide was being used by a nearby sugar cane farmer.

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