CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The state's "rapid response team" inspected three Kanawha County schools Monday after again hearing complaints of the licorice-like odor associated with Crude MCHM -- the chemical that spilled into the Elk River last month.
The team, made up of officials from the National Guard, the Kanawha-Charleston Health Department, the Department of Environmental Protection and others, responded to complaints at Riverside High School, Midland Trail Elementary School and Grandview Elementary School.
None of the schools dismissed students early because of the complaints.
All three schools also reported the odor and health issues earlier this month after the district was re-opened following the chemical spill.
Several schools have reported the odor after returning to the building on a Monday following a weekend break.
Kanawha County Schools Maintenance Director Terry Hollandsworth has said there are no plans in place to flush school faucets over the weekend.
At Midland Trail on Monday, members of the DEP's Air Quality Division did not detect any odors, according to Hollandsworth.
"It was just an odor. It was not the black licorice odor. A teacher said it was just a chemical smell," Hollandsworth said.
The licorice odor was reported at Grandview Elementary in one wing of the building, and the response team took water samples at two points in the school, Hollandsworth said.