East Providence reports first positive COVID-19 case for an in-person student

Kindergartener at Waddington Elementary School, classmates and staff now on quarantine

By Mike Rego
Posted 10/1/20

EAST PROVIDENCE — The East Providence School District had its first reported case of COVID-19 for an in-person student, a young Kindergartener at the Waddington Elementary School in Riverside …

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East Providence reports first positive COVID-19 case for an in-person student

Kindergartener at Waddington Elementary School, classmates and staff now on quarantine

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EAST PROVIDENCE — The East Providence School District had its first reported case of COVID-19 for an in-person student since a return to buildings two weeks to start the 2020-21 term, a young Kindergartener at the Waddington Elementary School in Riverside testing positive for the virus Thursday, Oct. 1.

(Updated, corrected, 5:50 p.m., October 1) Superintendent Kathryn Crowley said the youngster is one of 15 students total in the class who will now be required to quarantine and take part in the district's distance learning program for a period of 14 days. The superintendent said five Waddington staff members who were connected with the class are also quarantining for the same amount of time.

Following Rhode Island Department of Health guidelines for students and staff, a letter was sent to families outlining what is required. The RIDOH will do the follow-up contact tracing and testing.

According to the superintendent, students and staff part of the situation must return a negative test at the end of the quarantine period before being allowed back in the building.

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