A Covid-19 positive student attended class on Monday but the school wasn’t informed of their diagnosis until the next day, Attleboro High School superintendent David Sawyer said in a letter to families Tuesday evening. 28 students who had close contact with the infected person were notified and asked to quarantine for 14 days, Sawyer said.
The school did not identify the student and the family.
Attleboro Mayor Paul Heroux and the superintendent were stunned by the incident, the mayor told CNN. Parents told the city health department that although they found their child tested positive on Sept. 11, they believed the child could go to school after being quarantined for several days, Heroux said.
“The parents used very poor judgment, it’s very frustrating,” Heroux said. “The school department did everything they should.”
Sawyer told the families that the incident was not due to a lack of a security log. He said the district prescreening and contact tracing are in place to help reduce the spread of the coronavirus, but ultimately there is no way to completely prevent the spread in school.
In a plea to parents, Heroux asked families to leave their children at home if they tested positive or are waiting for test results for coronavirus and to call the school or health department if they have any questions.