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Del Prado Community Elementary School student tests positive for coronavirus

Principal says child hasn't been on campus since Friday
Posted at 11:56 AM, Mar 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-19 18:32:07-04

BOCA RATON, Fla. — A student at a Boca Raton elementary school has tested positive for the coronavirus.

Del Prado Community Elementary School Principal Sari Myers sent a letter to parents Thursday morning informing them of the situation.

"The district was notified late yesterday but was not given sufficient information to inform parents and staff until this morning," Myers wrote.

She went on to say that parents in the child's class have been notified.

Myers said the child hasn't been on campus since last Friday and was tested Tuesday.

"Additional measures to sanitize the campus have taken place," Myers said.

The letter was sent to parents a day after the Florida Department of Health in Palm Beach County said a 6-year-old child was diagnosed with coronavirus.

Health department spokesman Alex Shaw later confirmed that the 6-year-old child was, in fact, the same student who tested positive.

"Since the child was asymptomatic (without symptoms) during her attendance at school, no further epidemiological investigations are required at this time," Shaw said.

Although all Florida schools will be closed at least through April 15, Myers cautioned parents and faculty.

"While the child is asymptomatic, in an abundance of caution, students and staff should monitor themselves for symptoms of COVID-19," she wrote.