Dozens of families depend on Cornerstone Academy in Augusta to put their young children on the right road with education.
But, at least one child is now going in a different direction after parents were not notified of recent tuberculosis (TB) testing of a small number of toddlers at the daycare.
"I and other parents should have been notified that there was a potential risk," says concerned parent Dr. Tiana Curry-McCoy, whose 3-year-old daughter has been a student at Cornerstone Academy.
Dr. Curry-McCoy recently learned from a fellow parent that several students from another classroom were tested for TB, and she is frustrated with the center because all parents were not informed that there was a possibility of a student with TB.
"My concern is that it was not properly addressed by the daycare. I do not believe that they considered fully the risk that they pose to all of the students who were there and to all of the parents," she says.
According to the Richmond County Health Department, a student's parent has been diagnosed with TB, but the student does not have TB.
Parents of students who had sustained, as well as direct, contact with the child were notified and tested.
In a statement, the daycare's owner, Kathleen Williams says, "In accordance with Health Department guidelines, children in the same room as the exposed child between August 5 and November 15, 2013 were tested by Health Department personnel, and the results of those tests have been communicated to the respective parents. To the best of Cornerstone's knowledge, all enrolled children tested negative."
Dr. Curry-McCoy says, expressing her concerns to the daycare director, a letter was sent home to parents saying their child was not in danger and didn't need to be tested. "She cannot confirm or deny which children were in a room at what time to say that these children were not exposed. She's not a health official, so her recommendation to me really does not count," she says.
While the daycare and Health Department insist no other children are at risk, Dr. Curry-McCoy says this situation serves as another vehicle steering parents toward advocacy of their children when it comes to maneuvering the road of education. "Children do not necessarily have a voice of their own. They also do not necessarily have the capability to desiminate information the way parents can," she says.
Friday was the last day at the school for Dr. Curry-McCoy's daughter. She is enrolling her in another daycare.
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