Mystery rash breakout perplexes school officials

September 23, 2011 7:59:47 PM PDT
Dozens of students were sent home after a mysterious rash broke out at a Redwood City school. It happened last week at Clifford Elementary.

Principal Phil Lind says they are still trying to figure out what caused more than 30 kindergartners to break out in a rash that looked like bug bites.

"I have not seen anything like this. I have never heard of anything like this. It took us by surprise," said Lind. "We had to act decisively to get the children out of the classrooms and into a safe environment."

The classrooms and yard equipment have been disinfected and testing is being done to determine the source. The results are expected in about a week.

All the students are now back at school in temporary classrooms.