Nearly 30 Students to Quarantine After Parents Knowingly Send COVID-Positive Teen to School

By RADIO.COM

A Massachusetts high school student attended the first day of classes despite having tested positive for COVID-19.

HuffPost notes that the student received a positive diagnosis on Friday, September 11.

However, instead of following instructions and putting the child under quarantine, the parents sent the student to school the following Monday, September 14.

Attleboro Mayor Paul Heroux told the outlet that when the school found out, they contacted the parents who admitted they were aware of the positive test result but assumed they could still send their child to school after a few days of isolation.

"There's no question about whether or not the parent knew," Heroux said, per NBC.

The teen reportedly posted his diagnosis on Snapchat, which sparked outrage and concern from other students.

The city’s contract tracing team worked to identify the students that had come in contact with the COVID-positive teen. Attleboro High School was forced to place nearly 30 students under a two-week mandatory quarantine.

“A lot of parents are very angry at the parents who sent the kid to school,” the mayor explained.

The outlet notes that authorities have not identified the student.

“If parents know that they have a child who is COVID-positive, they need to keep the kid home. If they are awaiting results, they really should keep the kid home,” Heroux said. ”If the child has come into contact with someone who is COVID-positive, we encourage them to reach out to the nurse, the school or to contact the city health nurse. Everybody should be self-monitoring for symptoms.”

Superintendent David Sawyer sent a letter home to parents stating that this was an “unacceptable outcome.”

“I understand that this inevitable moment is stressful for many,” he added, writing, “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.”

The outlet notes that there are 6 cases of COVID within the school district.

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