💔In Heartbreaking News: Another child in our area has died from COVID-19. The child is 9-years-old or younger according to a VDH spokesman. This comes after 10-year-old Teresa Sperry died of complications from COVID-19 earlier this week.💔 www.wavy.com/news/health/coronavirus/another-recent-child-covid-19-death-in-region-reported-by-va-department-of-health/
Just interviewed Suffolk Public Schools Superintendent Dr. John Gordon talking about contact tracing inside Hillpoint Elementary School where 10 year old 5th grader Teresa Sperry attended. She died from COVID-19. @WAVY_News pic.twitter.com/Ai2wZpSFYd
Teresa Sperry was 10 years old. She died at Children's Hospital of The King's Daughters. @13AngeloVargas has tonight’s story www.13newsnow.com/mobile/article/news/local/mycity/suffolk/10-year-old-girl-suffolk-dies-from-covid-19/291-99f96a7d-e9bd-4c38-a3ab-687d5632bec5
Teresa Sperry, a young Suffolk, Virginia girl, died Monday at the local children’s hospital from Covid-19 complications. Teresa was just 10 years old. @13NewsNow pic.twitter.com/7qnZAaJsEk
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10 October, 2021 - 07:07am
Teresa Sperry was a fifth grader at Hillpoint Elementary School in Suffolk, Virginia, where her teacher gave her the "nurse" job, Teresa's mother, Nicole Sperry, wrote in a Facebook post after Teresa died on Sept. 27.
"Our daughter was perfectly healthy. And would have continued to be here if people would have stopped sending their sick kids to school," Nicole Sperry wrote. "She was required to walk all sick students in her class to the nurse's office."
Teresa first started feeling ill on Sept. 22, her parents, Nicole and Jeff Sperry, told various media outlets. The week prior, their daughter had mentioned that she was responsible for escorting any classmates who were not feeling well out of the classroom.
"And she said that if the kids were sick and needed to go home, she had to go get their book bag and take it back,” Nicole Sperry told The Virginian-Pilot.
Suffolk Public Schools did not immediately respond to a request for comment from NBC News, but Anthonette Ward, a Suffolk Public Schools spokeswoman, told The Virginian-Pilot that school rules stipulate that adults, not other children, should accompany kids who are showing possible Covid symptoms.
“The protocol at Hillpoint Elementary School is for the classroom teacher or any adult to contact the main office with a Code ‘C.’ When this occurs, one of the administrators or school nurse will come to the classroom to pick up the student,” Ward told The Virginian-Pilot in an email. “We are still investigating to ensure that this process was followed with fidelity.”
Teresa was a Girl Scout and loved drawing, dancing and singing, her parents wrote in her obituary, adding that she was "friend to all, even to those that would bully her."
Her symptoms began with a headache the first day, followed by a fever the next, her parents told CNN. By the weekend, she had a bad cough. Her mother took her to an emergency room, where Teresa was tested for strep throat and swabbed for Covid.
The strep test came back negative. The Covid results, which later came back positive, were still pending when, over the next 24 hours, Teresa stopped breathing and was rushed to a local hospital. Teresa's condition worsened, and she was transferred to Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters Norfolk, CNN reported, where she died on Sept. 27.
Teresa's school district requires masks, but on the day of her death, parents were asking to drop the mask mandate.
"While I was sitting next to my dead daughter, there was a Chesapeake School Board meeting and people were saying, 'This does not affect healthy people. This does not kill healthy people. It is not going to take out children. It’s over,'" Nicole Sperry told NBC affiliate WAVY in Virginia. "Well, I am here to tell you it is not over."
Nicole and Jeff Sperry are vaccinated, as are their two older children, the couple told CNN. They planned to get Teresa and her 9-year-old brother vaccinated when the Covid shot became approved for use in children under 12.
Jeff Sperry tested positive for a breakthrough Covid infection while planning his daughter’s funeral, Nicole Sperry said on her Facebook page.
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The Sperrys described their daughter as someone who always wanted to assist, and they said they were not surprised she took on the "nurse" role that she said she was assigned.
"You have to understand my daughter, this is who she is, helping people is my daughter, it’s not something that she wouldn’t have wanted to do," Jeff Sperry told CNN.
Nicole Sperry shared a message for anyone still doubting that Covid is a serious threat.
"We did everything we could have done and now we’ve lost a part of our hearts," she wrote on Facebook. "Covid is real and it doesn’t care who it takes."
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10 October, 2021 - 07:07am
10 October, 2021 - 07:07am
Ten-year-old Teresa Sperry, who was elected “class nurse,” died of Covid-19 complications after being exposed to the virus while fulfilling her school duties. The informations are from MSN.
The victim, who studied at Hillpoint Elementary School in Virginia, United States, was instructed by his teacher to accompany his sick colleagues to the school nurse. Days after completing her task, the girl began to experience a headache and a persistent cough. “One of the things she told us before she got sick was that her job was to be ‘the class nurse’ to take the sick kids from class to the infirmary,” said Jeff Sperry, Teresa’s father. “That’s who she is, helping people is my daughter, it’s not something she wouldn’t want to do,” he added.
For Teresa’s parents, it was the schoolwork that made the girl ill. On September 22, the young woman began to feel ill and, on the following day, she already developed a fever. Four days later, the girl started to have a bad cough and had to be taken to the emergency room. At the time, the little girl was diagnosed with strep throat and Covid-19, but was sent home to await the test results. “His lungs were perfect. They didn’t seem clogged,” reported Nicole Sperry, the victim’s mother.
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SUFFOLK, Va. — School administrators are investigating whether a teacher had tasked a fifth-grader who died of coronavirus complications last week to walk sick students to the nurse.
Anthonette Ward, a Suffolk Public Schools spokeswoman, said the student’s school has a rule for how to handle children with COVID-19 symptoms, and only adults are supposed to accompany them.
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(Newser) – Officials at an elementary school in Virginia are investigating whether a 10-year-old student who died of COVID-19 was tasked with taking sick children to the nurse against school rules. The parents of Teresa Sperry, a fifth grader at Hillpoint Elementary School in Suffolk, say a teacher instructed her to walk sick students to the nurse and return for their belongings if it was determined that they would be sent home. "That was her classroom job," father Jeff Sperry tells the Virginian-Pilot.
Suffolk Public Schools rep Anthonette Ward says officials are investigating the alleged arrangement, as school protocol indicates a teacher or adult is to contact the main office so that an administrator or nurse can pick up the sick student from class. "We are still investigating to ensure that this process was followed with fidelity," Ward notes. Teresa developed a headache and stopped breathing five days later on Sept. 27, before test results confirmed she had COVID-19. It's unclear how she contracted the virus.
The district says it's working with contact tracers on that question. Though just 31% of confirmed COVID-19 cases had been interviewed as of Monday, per the Virginian-Pilot, Suffolk Public Schools superintendent Dr. John B. Gordon tells CNN that there were no known cases in Teresa's class. Teresa and her 9-year-old brother weren't yet eligible for vaccinations, but their parents and two older brothers had received their shots. And the parents say they did their best to limit possible exposures, including by driving their children to school rather than letting them take the bus, per the Daily Beast.
CNN notes Hillpoint Elementary has a mandatory mask mandate. But Nicole Sperry says parents of students in the neighboring Chesapeake Public Schools district were advocating that a similar mandate be rescinded—"basically saying COVID is over and healthy people don't die, especially kids"— at a school board meeting at the very moment she was sitting in an emergency room "next to my dead daughter who was perfectly healthy, who's a child who did everything she was supposed to do." (Read more COVID-19 stories.)