“It was a reckless act to send a teenage child to a school that was confidently positive,” Atleborough Mayor Paul Hero (D) told WHDH. “It simply came to our notice then. If you know that your child has a coronavirus, it is positive, you should not send him to school under any circumstances. “
With the start of the new academic year, schools across the country had to deal with students coming to school, even though they knew they had a highly contagious virus. In Oklahoma City, a student also attended the first day of class, although he tested positive for covid-1
The Atleborough student, located nearly 40 miles southwest of Boston, tested positive for coronavirus on Sept. 11, Heru told CNN. But the school did not know about his results when he arrived for the first day on September 14.
Atleborough Public Schools, which have about 6,000 students in the district, have a hybrid model for the school year. The high school divides students into two groups – half of whom study in person on Monday and Thursday, and the other half enter on Tuesday and Friday, Atleborough High School Director Bill Rooney told NBC News. So far, there have been at least 126,000 covid-19 cases in Massachusetts and more than 9,200 deaths, according to the Washington Post’s coronavirus tracking.
The school learned of the student’s positive test because of rumors “circulating around the city,” Rooney told NBC. The suspicions were reported to the city health office, which “did some checks and found that it was true that he had tested positive,” Rooney said.
In a letter to families in the school district, which was reviewed by WHDH, supervisor David Sawyer said school nurses used contact tracking to identify and notify those who are in close contact with the student.
“It’s bad. The parents are really angry,” Heru told WJAR.
Sawyer and Heru agreed that the incident was not the fault of the school district, but rather a careless act on the part of the student and his family.
“This unacceptable result was caused by delays in reporting deadlines and not by a failure in our safety protocols,” Sawyer wrote..
Heru stressed in a Facebook post that parents and guardians should not only keep their children at home if they are positive for the virus, but also while they expect results.
“We all need to be vigilant and constantly monitor for symptoms,” he said. “We’re still together in this.”