“I am grateful for our hardworking staff and the partnerships that are enabling us to expand our on-campus instruction and provide an environment for students that we know to be most supportive of their education—in person.” – Superintendent Darin Brawley said.
These self-administered swabs are part of rapid COVID-19 antigen testing, now used by nine school systems across California willing to pilot the twice-weekly testing of all students who have parental permission.
“So we think we can make those school buildings as safe as conceivably possible which will allow teachers to come back confidently and not be worried about contracting a disease that could theoretically kill them,” said Dr. Anthony Iton, Senior Vice President of the California Endowment, an organization that brings health care to underserved communities.
For Jose Gonzalez, Planada Elementary School District superintendent, Thursday’s clinic was an important milestone in the mission to bring the virus under control.” writes Andrew Kuhn.
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