Jordan sixth-grader back after health case settledA Jordan Middle School student whose parents sued the Palo Alto school district to block his transfer over a health issue is back at the school this week under a legal settlement.
Palo Alto district retreats from transfer order with agreement to observe cross-infection rules
The parents of sixth-grader Colman Chadam and the school district agreed that Colman — who has a genetic mutation related to cystic fibrosis — could return to Jordan if protocols to avoid cross-infection among cystic-fibrosis patients are followed.
The district had argued that Colman needed to be transferred to Terman, where no other students are known to have cystic fibrosis, to avoid the risk of cross-infection with kids at Jordan who have cystic fibrosis.
The Chadams said Colman has never been clinically diagnosed with cystic fibrosis and that his genetic condition poses no threat of cross-infection to students with the disease.
The family and the school district reached agreement last week, and Colman, who had declined to enroll at Terman, was back at Jordan Monday.
"After careful consideration, which included further consultation with a medical expert, the students are attending the same school and the PAUSD is following the recommendation of implementing cystic-fibrosis cross-infection protocols," Associate Superintendent Charles Young said.
Neither the Chadams nor their lawyer, Stephen Jaffe, could be reached for comment.
— Chris Kenrick