HEAT ALERT

Heat blankets the region; heat advisory, air quality alert issued for the Hudson Valley

Rockland mom says false positive on rapid COVID test cost daughters' special season

She says this season was the only chance for all three daughters to play together on the Tappan Zee High School girls varsity basketball team since one of them is a senior.

News 12 Staff

Mar 15, 2021, 10:22 PM

Updated 1,177 days ago

Share:

A Rockland mom is calling for changes in the South Orangetown School District when it comes to sports and COVID-19.
It comes after Jennifer Phelan says a false positive cost her daughters and their team the season.
She says this season was the only chance for all three daughters to play together on the Tappan Zee High School girls varsity basketball team since one of them is a senior.
That chance was cut short when Phelan says one of their teammates got a false positive on a rapid COVID-19 test.
"It's over for us now ... I just don't want to see what happened to them happen to other students and seniors at our school," she says.
Phelan says the team made it to the championships and was about to play its first playoff game last week when the test result caused the district to pull the plug on the game and season – even though Phelan says the student had a negative PCR test two hours after the rapid one.
"The Board of Education wasn't listening and then they weren't responding, which made it even worse," she says.
Phelan says their pleas to salvage the season fell on deaf ears.
The Rockland County Health Department doesn't require regular testing to play school sports but recommends it. It's ultimately up to school districts to decide.
In this case, South Orangetown Schools require regular testing, and the Department of Health says once a result comes in, state law mandates it be treated as a true positive.
"We would've had a good shot at winning, and it just sucks we didn't get a chance to play," says Phelan.
The family now wants the district, county and state to consider common sense changes when it comes to COVID-19 testing in schools so other teams and players can see their seasons through.
The South Orangetown School District says team quarantines can be lifted with a negative "lab-based" PCR test and that in this case, the student's second test didn't meet that requirement.


More from News 12
2:00
HEAT ALERT: Heat advisory and air quality alert in effect through Thursday; cooler temperatures return for the weekend

HEAT ALERT: Heat advisory and air quality alert in effect through Thursday; cooler temperatures return for the weekend

0:27
State police: Person dead, another seriously injured in Woodbury crash

State police: Person dead, another seriously injured in Woodbury crash

0:29
Police search for suspect in stabbing incident of City of Newburgh resident

Police search for suspect in stabbing incident of City of Newburgh resident

2:07
Peekskill community mourns loss of caseworker who died after being assaulted on the job

Peekskill community mourns loss of caseworker who died after being assaulted on the job

1:40
Yonkers fire crews responded to a house fire during extreme heat on Wednesday

Yonkers fire crews responded to a house fire during extreme heat on Wednesday

1:42
Mount Vernon celebrates Juneteenth

Mount Vernon celebrates Juneteenth

1:40
Beating the heat: How residents are keeping cool

Beating the heat: How residents are keeping cool

1:45
Middletown woman’s family alleges mother of 7 died from withdrawal mismanagement at Orange County Jail

Middletown woman’s family alleges mother of 7 died from withdrawal mismanagement at Orange County Jail

0:42
Police report shows private school bus driver found at fault in Spring Valley accident that killed a 6-year-old girl

Police report shows private school bus driver found at fault in Spring Valley accident that killed a 6-year-old girl

1:33
Stony Point takes steps to help kids cool off with early opening of Splash Pad

Stony Point takes steps to help kids cool off with early opening of Splash Pad

1:50
Middletown celebrates end of slavery in midst of stretch of intense heat

Middletown celebrates end of slavery in midst of stretch of intense heat

2:46
‘People have worked so hard.’ Woman who helped make Juneteenth a national holiday visits New Jersey

‘People have worked so hard.’ Woman who helped make Juneteenth a national holiday visits New Jersey

1:07
DOT seeks input on I-84 freight parking locations

DOT seeks input on I-84 freight parking locations

0:28
Poughkeepsie Common Council unanimously opts into rent stabilization

Poughkeepsie Common Council unanimously opts into rent stabilization

2:35
Westchester County opens pools and beaches early as intense heat grips region

Westchester County opens pools and beaches early as intense heat grips region

0:55
Headlines: Woman stabbed in Newburgh, Peekskill homicide, driver injured as power lines fall on car

Headlines: Woman stabbed in Newburgh, Peekskill homicide, driver injured as power lines fall on car

0:53
Heat prompts graduation move for Orange-Ulster BOCES students

Heat prompts graduation move for Orange-Ulster BOCES students

0:20
Kingston road closure for new lane markings

Kingston road closure for new lane markings

0:28
Voters in 3 districts approve school budgets after earlier rejections

Voters in 3 districts approve school budgets after earlier rejections

0:46
Bedford police officers honored for saving family from house fire

Bedford police officers honored for saving family from house fire