The principal of Las Lomas High School confirms that 21 students have tested positive in the past three weeks. Another 100 have been ordered to quarantine.
Health officials said some of the students attended a party at a private home in mid-April, which led to the outbreak.
“It was apparently a one-time event,” said Contra Costa County Supervisor Candace Andersen. “This is what our contact tracing shows and unfortunately they were not following the precautions that should have been followed. “
The school said there does not appear to have been any transmission on campus.
“The teens, at least, have the idea that they are invincible,” said Las Lomas parent David Coffman. “If I had to draw an analogy, I would say it’s like a teenager riding way over the speed limit because he’s invincible. “
Coffman said the outbreak was troubling. He is grateful to his 17-year-old daughter for choosing to continue her education at a distance for the remainder of the school year. But she had to go to campus this week to take her AP exams.
“She was more than a little nervous,” Coffman said. “She was very, very worried about attending the AP test. “
Health officials said it was a difficult lesson for the children. They hope families recognize the need to have their children immunized and not let their guard down just yet.
“Until we get more of the population vaccinated, now is not the time to come together with unvaccinated and unrelated households,” Andersen said. “I know how tough the pandemic has been, how everyone just wants to get back to normal. This is not the moment. “