Children sent to Louisiana school after testing positive for COVID-19

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OPELOUSAS, La. (KLFY) — If your children test positive for the coronavirus, they shouldn’t go to school. But this wasn’t the case in St. Landry Parish.

St. Landry Parish Superintendent Patrick Jenkins said this is not anything isolated to his district.

“Parents are doing a wonderful job of contacting us when their children are sick, but some cases they don’t,” Jenkins said.

Schools across Acadiana do have students who are quarantining as well as students and staff members. At Plaisance Middle School it was two entire classrooms because a parent didn’t let the school know their child tested positive for the virus.

“The kids turned up positive, and they sent them to school,” said Jenkins. “It’s unfortunate that they sent them to school and they were positive, but we have some procedures in place.”

At Plaisance Middle School and in many small schools, students and teachers cross each other’s path enough to quarantine each student and their teacher.

Jenkins said contact tracing and proper PPE have allowed several schools in the district to prevent entire school closures, “It’s doing its job. No one likes to quarantine. No one likes to quarantine, but it’s for the benefit of everyone because of that incubation period between 5-7 days. Anything can happen within that timeframe.”

In the worst cases, schools such as Eunice High have temporarily closed on-campus instruction. Jenkins knows further incidents can be prevented, so he encourages the community to do their part by wearing a mask, keeping six apart, getting a flu shot, and washing their hands.

“If they do those things it will allow us to continue educating children in person,” Jenkins said.

There will be a teacher workday Monday in St. Landry Parish, and schools will be closed for election day Tuesday, but all schools, including Eunice High School, will be returning to the classroom Wednesday.

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