Virginia school officials: Girl who died from COVID-19 complications didn’t escort kids to nurse

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A photo of Teresa Sperry (Via Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters)

SUFFOLK, Va. (AP) — School administrators in Virginia say an investigation found that a fifth-grader who died of coronavirus complications last month did not escort sick classmates to the nurse.

The Virginian-Pilot reports that Suffolk Public Schools officials investigated whether Teresa Sperry had been walking with sick classmates, after her parents said she was picked for the classroom job a week before she died.

The 10-year-old died Sept. 27 at a Norfolk hospital.

Her parents say her symptoms began five days earlier with a headache, but escalated quickly.

School spokeswoman Anthonette Ward says the nurse recalled Teresa walking with a student hurt on the playground, but not children with cold symptoms.

Jeff and Nicole Sperry questioned how thoroughly school officials looked into it.

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