Sep 17, 2020
Parents send student to school while knowingly infected with coronavirus, mayor says
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(CNN)Almost 30 teenagers have to quarantine after parents sent their child to a Massachusetts school despite knowing they were positive with Covid-19, according to Attleboro Public Schools and the town's mayor.A Covid-19 positive student attended class on Monday, but the school wasn't notified of their diagnosis until the next day, Attleboro High School superintendent David Sawyer said in a letter sent out to families Tuesday night. Twenty-eight students who had close contact with the infected person have been notified and asked to quarantine for 14 days, Sawyer said. The school did not identify the student and family.
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Father upset after school sends 9-year-old son home for sneezing, must test negative for COVID-19 to return
“I sneezed two times then the teacher told me to go to the nurse,” Lancinet Keita told Boston’s WBZ-TV, adding that he felt fine but was told his father had to pick him up from school anyway.
“I was thinking I didn’t have anything just a couple sneezes,” Lancinet said.
“I’ve been so upset about it,” the boy’s father, Thierno Keita, said. “I’m so upset about sending my kid home. He don’t have any symptoms no one and he’s OK. And I checked his temperature everything was perfect. His temperature was OK. It’s OK.”
The school released a statement about the incident, saying the decision to send the boy home was made out of an abundance of caution.
“A student at Bishop Elementary School was sent home early today after he displayed COVID-19 related symptoms,” the statement read. “This decision was made both out of an abundance of caution and in accordance with district protocols related to COVID-19. This isolated incident is not indicative of any need for wider concern of COVID-19 exposure. Per district protocols, the student will either have to produce a negative COVID-19 test, written documentation from a health care provider stating it is an alternative illness or be symptom free for 10 days following the start of the symptoms.”
Sneezing is not listed as a symptom of the coronavirus on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website and is typically associated with allergies and the common cold.News Coronavirus Massachusetts Schools Health