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Michigan high school student contracts COVID while taking SAT after district tells her it’s mandated for graduation

New York Daily News logo New York Daily News 12/10/2020 Theresa Braine

A Michigan high school student who was required to take the SAT in person despite the pandemic became infected with coronavirus.

Officials at Bloomfield Hills High School, about 25 miles northwest of Detroit, told the family that the SAT was a state requirement in order to graduate, the Detroit Free Press reported.

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The girl took the SAT in September with the rest of her class while wearing two masks atop each other, the Free Press said. Her mother is in a high-risk category for COVID complications.

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Later, state education officials told the Free Press that no such requirement exists.

And then the 17-year-old high school senior tested positive. She proceeded to spend two months quarantining from her mother while recovering in her bedroom, the Free Press said.

She was not only extremely fatigued, but also anxious at the thought of passing the potentially deadly disease on to her mother.

Two of the girl’s friends had similar symptoms, though it wasn’t clear if they too had tested positive, the Free Press said.

It was not clear why the district required students to take the tests in person, given that many colleges and universities across the U.S. have waived such requirements, and the teen had already been accepted to several schools without the scores — which she is still waiting for, the Free Press said.

Administrators of the test said health and safety come first.

“This is a unique year,” a College Board spokeswoman told Inside Higher Ed at the end of November. “There are more important things than tests right now. Colleges and universities understand that due to COVID there are limited opportunities for students to take the SAT. Most aren’t requiring test scores for the upcoming admissions cycle, and they’re extending deadlines and/or accepting scores after deadlines pass for students who choose to submit them.”


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