- Associated Press - Monday, February 27, 2017

ASHLAND, Ky. (AP) - Students at a northeastern Kentucky middle school are being moved to another building because of a mysterious rash that has afflicted several of their classmates.

The school district recently decided that Boyd County Middle School would be moved to the old Boyd County High School this week until the middle school’s ongoing renovations are completed later this year, news outlets reported.

Officials initially thought construction was to blame, but water and air testing have not revealed a cause for the rashes, which apparently only occur at the school and dissipate when the students leave, The Daily Independent of Ashland (https://bit.ly/2mDGxF2 ) quoted Superintendent Brock Walter as saying.

About six children had the rash in the fall, officials said. Another 20 children complained of rashes last week. No staffers or workers have reported rashes.

There may not be a clear link between the construction and the rashes, but officials are “erring on the side of safety,” Walter said.

With no students in the building, it is likely the renovation can be finished before the scheduled completion target of late November or early December, Walter said.

The move applies to the school’s seventh- and eighth-grade students - about 490 altogether. Sixth-graders were already in the old Boyd County High School because of lack of space from the construction.

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