Students and teachers at a school in Bed-Stuy have been ordered to quarantine for 14 days after interacting with a teenage student who tested positive for COVID-19 days after physically attending the school, the Department of Education confirmed on Saturday.
Teachers at P.S. 373K Brooklyn Transition Center, a District 75 school for children with autism, were informed by the student's parents that their son had tested positive for the virus on September 29th, according to the NY Post. Teachers were reportedly unaware of the student's diagnosis until two days later, on October 1st.
District 75 students began in-person learning on September 21st. The student had been in classes twice -- September 22nd and September 25th -- resulting in at least six faculty members and seven students self-isolating, according to the Post. There are no indications the student was exposed to the coronavirus at the school.
Nathaniel Styer, a spokesperson for the city Department of Education, confirmed that a student was indeed sick. According to the most recent data from the state Health Department, 183 students and school staffers have tested positive for COVID-19 since September 8th -- 38 students and 145 teachers and staff.
“We won’t hesitate to take quick action for the health and safety of our school communities, and that’s exactly what we did at the Brooklyn Transition Center," said Styer. "When alerted to a positive case DOHMH and Test + Trace quickly conducted an investigation and advised close contacts to begin quarantine. Students with disabilities require additional support and we are working closely with D75 schools to adapt to the unique needs of their students. We will continue to monitor the situation and we will not compromise on safety.”