2 students at Natick High School test presumptive positive for coronavirus, officials say

2 students at Natick High School test presumptive positive for coronavirus, officials say
This illustration, created at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reveals ultrastructural morphology exhibited by coronaviruses. (Alissa Eckert, MS; Dan Higgins, MAMS/CDC.gov)

NATICK — Two Natick High School students whose parents tested presumptive positive for COVID-19 have also tested positive for coronavirus, the superintendent announced Tuesday.

The students “have not been in contact with any students or staff” and have remained at home since their family initiated a quarantine the week before town officials learned of the situation, Natick Schools Superintendent Anna Nolin and Natick Public Health Director Jim White said in a joint statement.

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Classes at Natick High will continue, and the school has been cleaned and disinfected, Nolin and White said.

Their statement continued:

The status of Natick High has not changed because the children were quarantined prior to the affected parent receiving their COVID-19 presumptive positive diagnosis. In addition, Natick High was cleaned on Friday and Saturday, with typical use cleaning protocols, and was again disinfected using a deep disinfection protocol with enhanced equipment on Sunday.

The family is being monitored by local, state and federal public health officials, they said.

“We wanted to alert the community that this had occurred, but also to reinforce that the status of Natick High School has not changed,” the statement said.

Town officials are canceling out-of-state travel at this time in response to a state of emergency guidelines announced by Gov. Charlie Baker on Tuesday.

But Natick schools “will run events and trips in-state as usual, understanding that parents may make decisions for their children’s participation,” Nolin said.

“I will work with school principals to determine any changes as we move through the next few weeks,” Nolin said. “A good rule of thumb for these events is to keep the sick, elderly, and health compromised away from large events for their protection.”