Officials from the Larkspur-Corte Madera School District told NBC Bay Area that on November 9, the parents of two students at Neil Cummins Elementary School were told that one of their children had COVID-19.
According to officials, parents have been asked to quarantine the two children at home. Instead, they sent them to school the next day, crazy to stay in class for five days.
Parents did not tell school officials that any of them tested positive for COVID.
On November 18, Marin County public health officials called the school and asked why they had not recorded the students in their COVID-19 case reports.
Corte Madera – Larkspur School District Superintendent Dr Brett Geithman said several staff members rushed to collect rapid test kits and dabbed more than 50 students.
They found three positive cases which were likely passed on to the school. Five more were probably due to an exhibition outside the school.
Due to the risk of exposure, families of 75 students had to go into modified quarantine over the Thanksgiving holiday.
“They had to change the travel plans, the gatherings with their loved ones. It was a major inconvenience and spoiled their Thanksgiving, ”Gaithman said.
According to Marin County rules, the student would have had to self-isolate for 10 days if he tested positive for COVID-19.
” This is very serious. This is a situation where we know that for some of our students and staff with underlying health conditions who actually contract COVID, it could be a matter of life and death, ”said Mary Jane Burke, Superintendent. schools in Marin County.
Officials from Corte Madera-Larkspur schools said they had already taken action against parents of elementary school students, but would not say what type of action.
The Marin County Public Health Department could also pursue a case for violating a public health order, which is a misdemeanor. A spokesperson said they were still thinking about what to do about the incident.