PEORIA, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) Parents at Terramar Academy of the Arts in Peoria got a letter last week informing them of an outbreak of COVID-19 at the school.

An outbreak is when two or more students or staff members test positive for the coronavirus within a 14-day period. According to the letter, dated October 8, the outbreak didn’t involve any students.

PEORIA, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) Parents at Terramar Academy of the Arts in Peoria got a letter last week informing them of an outbreak of COVID-19 at the school.

An outbreak is when two or more students or staff members test positive for the coronavirus within a 14-day period. According to the letter, dated October 8, the outbreak didn’t involve any students.

Currently, Maricopa County only lists the number of schools with outbreaks, not the specific schools.

But Dr. Gary Kirkilas, a pediatrician at Phoenix Children’s Hospital, says schools for the most part have been doing okay.

“Schools are places of education, but suddenly they’re thrust into this position of being viral mitigators,” Kirkilas said. “I think it’s really key that the parents and the particular families that are in that particular classroom or in the school in general should know. I don’t know what the benefit would be of letting the entire community know.”

Dr. Kirkilas says that while it’s important a school notifies parents when someone test positive for COVID-19, it’s also crucial that parents monitor their children and keep them home from school when they’re sick.

“Once a student is there and they’re sick, that really sends the whole system into a loop,” Dr. Kirkilas said.

Source: https://www.azfamily.com/news/continuing_coverage/coronavirus_coverage/peoria-school-notifies-parents-of-covid-19-outbreak/article_b88ad824-0ce9-11eb-a3dc-7b341c18dbf7.html