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Superintendent Shoots Down Rumor of Coronavirus Infection

To quell a false rumor that the coronavirus had infected members of a Groton family, Superintendent Laura Chesson released a letter to the Groton-Dunstable Community explaining the facts. Chesson wrote that the rumor was started by a social media message posted by a high school student the previous evening saying that “they had been infected with the coronavirus.”
     As soon as the administration was informed of the post, Superintendent Chesson wrote that they contacted parents to assess the situation and consulted with the school nurse. She continued, “After several telephone interviews with both parents and consultation with the Massachusetts State Epidemiologist, the student’s pediatrician, and the Massachusetts Board of Health, it was determined that the situation DID NOT meet the state criteria for testing or quarantine as the student was asymptomatic and had not recently traveled.”
     Superintendent Chesson’s letter continued, “The Board of Health has confirmed we do not have to take any further action at that time. We continue to monitor this situation closely and will work in partnership with our experts. On Wednesday morning, we will be facilitating a district task force on the coronavirus and will report recommendations to the school committee on Wednesday evening.”
     Assuring the community of continued open and transparent communication on the issue, she wrote, “We will share any and all decisions publicly on Thursday morning in an email,” and, “We will continue to send updates as information becomes available.”
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