4th grade student sent home from school after sneezing twice in class

September 24, 2020

A father in Massachusetts said his nine-year-old son was sent home from school because he was sneezing.

According to CBS News, fourth-grader Lancinet Keita was told he could not return to school until he received a negative COVID-19 test.

"I sneezed two times then the teacher told me to go to the nurse," Lancinet said.

The student said he felt fine, but once he sneezed, he was sent to the nurse's office, where his father later picked him up from John A. Bishop Elementary School in Arlington, Massachusetts.

"I was thinking I didn't have anything just a couple sneezes," Lancinet added.

His father, Thierno Keita, was shocked when he received the call from the nurse's office.

"I've been so upset about it," Thierno said. "I'm so upset about sending my kid home."

The school explained the nine-year-old was sent home because another student had displayed COVID-19 related symptoms. Officials at the school say the decision was made "out of an abundance of caution and in accordance with district protocols related to COVID-19."

"Per district protocols, the student will either have to produce a negative COVID-19 test, written documentation from a health care provider stating it is an alternative illness or be symptom free for 10 days following the start of the symptoms," the school said in a statement.

"This isolated incident is not indicative of any need for wider concern of COVID-19 exposure."

Thierno said his son was healthy before going to school and had no symptoms.

"He don't have any symptoms, not one, and he's OK," Thierno added. "And I checked his temperature, everything was perfect."

Thierno said his son later got a COVID-19 test and has since been cleared to go back to school.

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