A positive student from Covid-19 attended classes on Monday, but the school was not notified of its diagnosis the next day, Atleborough High School Chief David Sawyer said in a letter sent to families Tuesday night. Twenty-eight students who had close contact with the infected person were notified and asked to be quarantined for 14 days, Sawyer said.
The school does not identify the student and his family.
Atleboro Mayor Paul Hero and the chief are confused by the incident, the mayor told CNN. The parents told the city’s health department that until they found their child tested positive on Sept. 11, they believed the child could go to school after quarantine for several days, according to Heroux.
“The parents used a very bad judgment, it’s very disappointing,” Heru said. “The school department did everything it had to do.”
Sawyer told the families that the incident was not due to a lack of safety protocol. He said pre-screening and tracking of contacts in the area are available to help reduce the spread of coronavirus, but ultimately there is no way to completely prevent the spread of school.
In a request to parents, Heroux asked families to keep their children at home if they tested positive or if they were waiting for coronavirus test results, and to call the school or health department if they had any questions.