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Parents want more transparency from schools about COVID cases

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Posted at 9:50 PM, Sep 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-24 00:01:34-04

LAFAYETTE — "After losing my sister, this is too close to home," Lena Domingue said.

Domingue lost her sister, Carolyn Dural, to COVID-19 earlier this year. Now with her daughter back in school, the virus is always on her mind, but heightened this week with a phone call about a positive case at Lafayette High.

"The student was taken out of the school, received medical treatment. Same with all the kids they came into contact with. They would be quarantined for 14 days," Domingue said.

This mother says she wants more information the school system isn't providing.

"We just want answers. We don't want kids names. But we want to know how many cases per school."

For now school districts are only required to report cases to the state, something Dr. Tina Stefanski says districts are doing.

"We are not seeing any huge problems with our schools, schools are just coming back, so well continue to monitor that, the numbers you see reported today are that schools are doing a good job of reporting the cases as requested," Stefanski explained.

Domingue hopes the school will be even more transparent as her daughter continues her junior year at Lafayette High.

"I would like her to stay home. I know she doesn't want to, but I would like her to stay home," Domingue said.

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