North Middle School in Everett was emptied for a couple hours this morning after reports of strange smells near the science lab.
The Everett Fire Department responded at about 9:55 a.m. The school, 2514 Rainier Ave., has an enrollment of 676 students.
“Everybody did what they were supposed to and got out in an orderly fashion,” said Mary Waggoner, school district spokeswoman. All students and staff are standing outside the school.
“The kids are safe,” she said. “The school has lots of emergency vehicles around it.”
Waggoner asked that parents not go to the school to pick up their children. “It creates a lot of congestion and confusion,” she said.
If parents call the school, no one will answer because everyone is outside, Waggoner said.
No one knows the source of the smell detected in the building, she said.
Students returned to classes about noon.