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HOUSTON Administrators and staff were on high alert Friday after suspicious white powder was found on an envelope at an elementary school in the Houston Independent School District, according to authorities.

An HISD employee at Franklin Elementary noticed white powder on an envelope. The room where the envelope was found was immediately quarantined and police were called. The envelope, which had never been opened, was taken to a lab for testing.

Classes continued and were not affected by the investigation.

Police said this is the third such incident at Franklin Elementary School involving powder being found in an envelope. On March 6, powder was found in an envelope at the school. Tests of that powder concluded nothing was hazardous. A similar scare at the school occurred on December 21, 2012.

The school issued the following statement:

Dear Franklin Elementary Community:

I am writing to inform you of an incident that occurred on Friday, April 5, 2013. A suspicious envelope arrived on campus today through U.S. mail. Our staff immediately notified the HISD Police Department and contained the room to ensure no one came into contact with the envelope.

The main office was temporarily quarantined and the air conditioning system was turned off while law enforcement and a Houston Fire Department hazardous materials crew investigated. Officials removed the letter from campus and instruction continued as usual.

At Franklin Elementary we consider student and employee safety to be our top priority. Please do not hesitate to contact the school if you have any questions or concerns.

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