75 students at Neil Cummins in Corte Madera forced into quarantine after parents deliberately sent COVID-positive child to class

CORTE MARDERA, California (KGO) – It was a Thanksgiving holiday unlike any other for dozens of families at Neil Cummins Elementary School this year.

About 75 students had to be quarantined after parents of a student at the school deliberately sent their child to class after they tested positive for COVID-19.

Dr. Brett Geithman is the district superintendent.

He says school officials only found out about the positive case after receiving a call from Marine Public Health asking why the student’s infection had not been uploaded to the school’s database.

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“We learned that student was never reported to us and that student had been attending school for the past seven days,” Geithman said.

After the discovery, Geithman says the school took immediate action.

“Parents received a text message on the night of the 18th to then bring their child to the gym so we could perform tests before anyone entered the classroom,” he said.

In all, eight students tested positive and all cases were reported the following night.

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Geithman says the school district has been very clear about COVID procedures since the beginning of the pandemic.

“As for an explanation for why they chose to continue sending their children to school, their first explanation was that they were unsure of the COVID protocols,” Geithman said.

Despite the outbreak, the principal says the system is working and that the situation is now under control.

Several parents told us that the incident has been shocking, but that they believe it is more of a stand-alone incident.

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Many, like Jill Martay, say they are happy with how the principal handled it.

“I just have so much respect for the role and the work he has done with our community here,” she said.

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