Could COVID-19 testing be required to go back to school?

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MISSION, Texas (KVEO) — Despite schools preparing for virtual classes this fall, there is still talks about implementing in-person instruction.

“It is safer to have the children receiving instruction remotely from home and also making sure our teachers stay at home,” said Mission CISD Superintendent Dr. Carol G. Perez.

Perez said while they are doing remote learning, they do have safety protocols put in place for when and if they return to in-person classes.

“We are putting some clear barriers to make sure that we do have a shield to keep the children safe, also we have installed plenty of disinfecting hand sanitizer stations in all of our facilities,” she said.

With safety on everyone’s mind and the possibility of opening school campuses later in the school year. Many wonder if districts should be testing all teachers and students before returning to school.

“We’re focusing on the things that we can do because we know there is a huge shortage of tests, even if that was something that we wanted to do, the reality is we don’t have those available,” said Perez.

If there wasn’t a shortage in tests, Perez said it would be something to consider but for now, their safety measures would include daily temperature checks. 

“Our staff continue to fill out questionnaires and every single day we conduct temperature checks and that has been very effective,” she said.

Perez said their main focus right now is getting students prepared for remote learning and says they are keeping a close eye as to when they can return for in person lessons.

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