Student wears hazmat suit to take final exams amid pandemic


He gets an A for effort.

A Texas high school student took his final exams in a hazmat suit — after officials wouldn’t let him sit for the tests from home amid the pandemic, a report said Friday.

Mason Kalkofen told Houston’s KTRK-TV that he was worried about catching the coronavirus on campus and of spreading it to his mother, who is at high-risk for serious illness.

“I’m having to go in a hazmat suit,” he said. “That way I can protect my family.”

The teenager’s parents, Margarita and Karl Kalkofen, said they had tried to get the school district to waive a requirement that virtual learners take the tests on campus.

Their efforts weren’t successful, and on Wednesday, Mason showed up to Spring Woods High School in head-to-toe protective gear.

“I don’t want to get sick,” said his mom, Margarita. “I don’t want to end up in a hospital. I don’t want my husband to end up in the hospital because the school district doesn’t care.”

The Spring Branch Independent School District told the outlet they had offered the family “multiple testing options,” including having Mason take the test alone in a room, with just one proctor present, wearing PPE.

“The family refused all options,” the statement said.

About 50 virtual learners were required to come to campus to take the exams, the district said.

They’re expected to show up after in-person learners have left, get their temperatures taken and then sit for their tests outdoors, at individual tables set 10-feet apart.

The high school of 2,064 students reported 25 COVID-19 cases so far this school year.

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