- Two parents knowingly sent their COVID-19 positive child to class, California school officials said.
- The child attended classes for seven days after testing positive for the virus.
- Authorities said 75 students have been exposed to the virus and need to self-quarantine.
According to California school district officials, two parents knowingly sent their COVID-positive child to elementary school, forcing dozens of students to self-quarantine due to possible contamination.
The child continued to attend Neil Cummins Elementary School for more than a week after testing positive, ABC7 reported.
“We learned that this student was never reported to us and that this student has been in school for seven days,” said school principal Dr Brett Geithman.
Geithman told ABC7 that the school only found out the child had tested positive after a representative from the Marin County Health and Human Services Department called to ask why the school did not. had not documented the student’s infection.
“In terms of explaining why they chose to continue sending their children to school, their initial explanation was that they weren’t sure about COVID protocols,” Geithman said.
After learning of the infection, Geithman said all parents were instructed to bring their children to the school gymnasium for a COVID-19 test. Seventy students were exposed to the virus after parents allowed their HIV-positive child to attend school, officials said. Eight students tested positive, ABC7 reported.
“Fortunately, this is the only known case of a household knowingly sending a COVID-19 positive student to school,” the Marin County Public Health Department said in a statement.
Parents could face a fine for violating Marin County’s health order that says anyone who tests positive for COVID-19 must self-isolate, according to the Associated Press reported.
“This is a violation of the law that we have put in place,” Dr Matt Willis, county public health official, told the AP. “More importantly, it is also a violation of the basic ethics of community responsibility.”
A decision on whether the parents will be fined or charged with a misdemeanor will be made early next week, Willis said.