As Schools Reopen, Officials Scramble for Covid Tests

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as american schools prepare to reopen After the holidays this week and amid a record rise in new coronavirus cases, many people are having trouble finding tests fast enough to launch a “test-to-stay” strategy.

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School districts are aiming to remain open after remote instruction during the 2020-21 school year took a toll on a student’s mental health and learning. Test-to-stay policies are being promoted, along with vaccines, where students who have been exposed to COVID-19 will be tested regularly and if they test negative, they will be sent to school instead of being sent home. will be allowed to reside in

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The Wall Street Journal reported that before the winter break, 13 of the nation’s 100 largest districts had a test-to-stay policy, according to the Center on Reinventing Public Education, a Seattle research organization that investigates schools for COVID-19. Tracks responses, The Wall Street Journal reported.

For many people, especially because of the lack of holidays, testing kits have been difficult to find, and different places have different perspectives.

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On Saturday, Massachusetts state officials began distributing 227,000 rapid at-home kits to every school district. Atlanta Public Schools will conduct classes remotely from Tuesday through Friday this week. The winter break to test students and staff in the school districts of Washington, D.C. and Baltimore has been extended until January 5, and schools in Chicago are recommending that parents do a rapid test of their children before sending them back to school. Do it.

About 2,200 schools They will close Monday, according to Barbio, a data company that tracks K-12 school closures in 5,000 districts across the country, the Journal reported.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there has been a 66% increase in pediatric hospital admissions related to COVID-19. This has prompted hundreds of districts to announce that they will conduct classes remotely by mid-January.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said Last week that “many children are hospitalized because of covid, as opposed to covid,” indicating the high level that the virus has entered the pediatric population. “Final conclusions about severity in children remain to be determined.”

President Joe Biden said the US government would mail 500 million free COVID-19 tests to Americans requesting them to begin this month via a website that would be launched soon, though details were not released Is.

Seattle Public Schools canceled classes on Monday to test teachers, but will resume schools on Tuesday. The district said it was planning to keep students and staff at the school, but is ready to move to remote classes “if necessary, at some point in January.”

with this, at least 22 According to the Chronicle of Higher Education, residential colleges have announced that they will resume classes remotely from a few days from this month to the entire month of January.

The delay will give people time to take a booster dose, which increases protection against the highly infectious Omicron variant. Many colleges and universities also require students and staff to be tested and isolate if necessary to return to campus.

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