Parents send student to school when knowingly infected with coronavirus, mayor says

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A student positive for Covid-19 attended class on Monday, but the school was not informed of his diagnosis until the next day, Attleboro High School principal David Sawyer said in a letter to families Tuesday evening. Twenty-eight students who have had close contact with the infected person have been informed and asked to be quarantined for 14 days, Sawyer said.The school did not identify the student and his family.

Attleboro Mayor Paul Heroux and the Superintendent were baffled by the incident, the mayor told CNN. Parents told the city’s health department that if they found out their child tested positive on September 11, they believed the child could go to school after being quarantined for several days, according to Heroux.

“The parents have shown very poor judgment, it’s very frustrating,” said Heroux. “The school department did everything it was supposed to do. “

Sawyer told families the incident was not due to a lack of safety protocol. He said pre-screening and contact tracing in the district is in place to help reduce the spread of the coronavirus, but ultimately there is no way to completely prevent the spread to the ‘school.

In a call to parents, Heroux asked families to keep their children at home if they have tested positive or are waiting for the results of the coronavirus test, and to call the school or health department if they have. questions.

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