STRATFORD - Skunks forced Lordship Elementary School in Stratford to close today.

Officials say skunks and possibly raccoons are underneath some of the classrooms.

Exterminators were working to fix the problem this morning, but the traps set up outside of a portable classroom to capture the animals were empty.

School officials are deodorizing and fanning out the classrooms. They say the stench should be gone over the weekend and are hopeful the skunks will be as well.

The assistant superintendent of schools says the school will reopen Monday and students will head back to class.