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Charles III College Reopens: Confirmed absence of toxic substances in the air

Following the incident that occurred at Charles III College on Wednesday, February 7th, and the symptoms reported by various students on Thursday, February 8th, as a precautionary measure, the Government decided to temporarily close the establishment and, starting Friday morning, proceeded with a series of additional analyses and tests to explore all possible hypotheses and eliminate any risks.

Multiple Detailed Investigations 

These interventions were carried out by the team of the Nuclear, Radiological, Bacteriological, and Chemical Detection, Identification, and Sampling Vehicle (*NRBC-E VDIP) of the Marseille Naval Fire Battalion, and independently by technicians from the SOCOTEC accredited control bureau.

These investigations and in-depth measurements were conducted according to standardized protocols, at the main areas of Charles III College, including the maintenance room of the swimming pool, where the incident occurred on February 7th, the swimming pool itself, various classrooms, the infirmary, and the cafeteria.

Air analysis and measurements sought the possible presence of various pollutants such as carbon monoxide (CO), hydrogen sulfide (H2S), chlorine (Cl2), nitrogen trichloride, trihalomethanes, phosphorus, arsenic, and sulfur. The consistent results obtained both by the Marseille Naval Fire Battalion and by the SOCOTEC Control Bureau unequivocally confirm the absence of toxic substances in the air within the establishment.

Based on these results, the Princely Government confirms the reopening of Charles III College and the resumption of classes starting Monday morning, February 12th.

*Note: NRBC = Nuclear, Radiological, Bacteriological, and Chemical

Following the incident at Charles III College on February 7th and the alleged symptoms then, the authorities nevertheless noted the absence of objective, health, and medical indicators that could suggest contamination of Charles III College facilities, according to the government press release.

Even though all toxicity readings conducted repeatedly throughout the establishment were negative, the Government decided, as a precautionary measure, to close the said establishment to conduct a series of additional analyses and tests by an approved and independent organization.

Return to normalcy, if all readings confirm it, is scheduled for Monday morning.

All readings now confirm normalcy.

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