A positive Covid-19 student attended class Monday, but the school did not receive any notification of his diagnosis until the next day, Attleboro High School Superintendent David Sawyer said in a letter to families Tuesday night. Sawyer reported twenty-eight students who had close contact with the infected person and was asked to quarantine for 14 days.
The school did not identify the student or family.
Attleboro Mayor Paul Heroux and the superintendent were baffled by the incident, the mayor told CNN. The parents told the city health department that although they found out their son tested positive on Sept. 11, they thought the child could go to school after quarantining for several days, according to Heroux.
“The parents used a very poor approach, it’s very frustrating,” Heroux said. “The school department did everything they had to do.”
Sawyer told families the incident was not due to a lack of security protocol. He said district forecasting and contact tracking are in place to help reduce the spread of the coronavirus, but ultimately there is no way to prevent it from spreading.
In a petition to parents, Heroux asked families to keep their children at home if they tested positive or expected the results of coronavirus tests and called the school or health department if they had questions.