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'Senior Breakfast' sparks COVID-19 concerns from Midway parents

Posted at 1:27 PM, Aug 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-30 14:28:13-04

Midway High School has seen two senior students test positive for COVID-19 since school started.

Now, parents fear that number may continue to rise in the next few days.

Several parents reached out to 25 news to share their concerns after a large group of Midway senior girls gathered for an annual "Senior Breakfast" earlier this week.

One parent agreed to speak anonymously out of fear others may bully his senior daughter in response.

He said he did not let his daughter go to the breakfast.

"It's very tough that we want to keep them protected and make sure they are gonna be safe. But at the same instance one of our kids is a senior in her last year. So, it's not easy," the Midway ISD parent said.

Midway announced a senior had tested positive for COVID-19 in a statement on Friday.

On Saturday, their online dashboard revealed another positive case.

In addition, 23 more students were asked to quarantine because of close contact from in-school classes and activities.

"It's scary because now we see that our worst fears are coming true. They're becoming infected so it is pretty scary," one parent said.

That number is likely to grow over the weekend as the district helps begin contact tracing.

As part of a statement, Midway ISD said "Unfortunately, when students and families participate in large group activities or events outside of school, contact tracing is much more complicated."

25 News asked the district specifically about the breakfast, but they have not responded to our messages.

"We were told this was outside of school grounds, so there was nothing they could do. I wish they would have taken this seriously, because this could have been prevented," the parent said.

Midway ISD is working closely with the Waco-Mclennan County Health District.

Classes at Midway will continue Monday for all students who did not come into close contact with an infected student.