Parents in Attleboro are frustrated to hear about a case of a student testing positive for COVID-19 and still showing up for the first day of school.
“Parents are very angry about this, I mean they’re talking lawsuits, child endangerment, they’re talking about the neglect,” said Paul Heroux, Attleboro’s mayor.
Heroux says what’s upsetting is that the student’s parents knew the child was COVID-positive before attending class at Attleboro High School on Monday.
“We’ve been living through this for six months, it’s just beyond – we just don’t understand how a parent thought this was an okay thing to do,” said Heroux. “The superintendent, myself, the nurse, the nurse at the city, the health agent, we’re just beside ourselves why someone would do that.”
The superintendent of schools says this is an “unacceptable outcome” because of a delay in reporting, but this doesn’t reflect poorly on the school district’s safety protocols already in place.
“I understand that this inevitable moment is stressful for many. However, it shouldn’t change anything. The guidance from the state cannot ensure a virus-free environment, especially considering we know that some carriers are asymptomatic,” said Superintendent David Sawyer in a statement. “While measures like contact tracing and daily prescreening help to reduce this threat, our safety precautions are ultimately designed to prevent the spread of the virus under these precise circumstances. We will have to wait for the end of the quarantines to be certain we were successful, but there is no reason at this moment to assume differently.”
The school nurse has now identified thirty other students who came in close contact with that student who tested positive, and those students will now need to quarantine at home for the next 14 days.
“Which is a huge problem for them and their education, but it’s also a problem for the parents and anybody that they may be associated with,” said Heroux. “Because if any of these other 30 kids who were exposed catch this, they could possibly pass it on to someone else.”
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