The dad and mom of a 10-year-old Virginia lady who died of COVID-19 after her trainer assigned her the position of “class nurse” tore into the varsity on Saturday for what they described as a half-hearted investigation into her demise.
Teresa Sperry died Sept. 27, simply 5 days after she began experiencing a headache—and 6 days after her dad and mom say she was tasked with strolling sick youngsters to the nurse’s workplace. Her dad and mom weren’t even knowledgeable she had examined optimistic till two days after her demise.
She was conscripted into the role of class nurse at her college, Hillpoint Elementary, on Sept. 21, which required her to accompany sick college students on their technique to the nurse, in accordance with the varsity’s report. The college has maintained, nonetheless, that strict protocols had been in place when coping with any youngsters exhibiting COVID-19 signs.
The college’s report makes no point out of any instances when Sperry could have been uncovered to the virus, as a substitute discovering that she had walked a scholar to the nurse’s workplace for an inhaler and an arm damage two days earlier than she first skilled a headache, which then developed into extra extreme signs. Her trainer informed investigators that neither Teresa nor the scholar she was serving to exhibited signs on the time, nor did Teresa have to assist college students who did look like contaminated, the report states. Obligating a scholar to escort sick college students to the nurse in any respect reportedly ran counter to Suffolk Public Schools COVID-19 protocols, nonetheless.
Her father, Jeff Sperry, informed The Virginian-Pilot, “They made her do this job without parental consent. Having a child walk students to the nurse during the pandemic? It is nonsense. It is insane. Had anybody asked me or informed me, I would have said no.”
The three-page report on the 10-year-old’s demise confirmed no effort to conduct thorough contact tracing, in accordance with her dad and mom. They obtained the file on Teresa’s demise by way of a Freedom of Information Act request. The college didn’t voluntarily present it to them.
“If you print it out, it is three pages,” her mom Nicole Sperry added. “If they really wanted to do contact tracing they would have done more.”
Teresa’s dad and mom really feel the varsity has failed to assist them perceive what occurred to their daughter.
“I feel that the investigation report is incredibly incomplete,” Jeff Sperry mentioned. (*6*)
Suffolk Public Schools mentioned in a press release to the Pilot that no protocols had been damaged: “Students who attend Hillpoint Elementary School who are suspected of having COVID symptoms are reported to the nurse or office with a phone call to indicate a suspected ‘Code C.’”