Department of Education, Health unveils guidance for statewide education COVID-19 testing programs

Department of Education, Health unveils guidance for statewide education COVID-19 testing programs

August 18, 2021 ---School News - KKIN/KFGI/KLKS/WWWI News News -- KKIN-KFGI-KLKS-WWWI 0

By Paul Vold kkin@rjbroadcasting.com (8/18/21)

(Minnesota) — The Minnesota Departments of Education and Health announced Tuesday the latest updates for the statewide education testing program. 

According to both Departments, Schools will now have a variety of testing options available to them as they work to develop testing programs to keep kids and staff healthy, safe, and in their classrooms. Schools will have access to individual PCR tests, pooled PCR tests, and rapid tests (both antigen and and molecular). Districts will also be able to assess which test works best for their school community and have autonomy in developing their own testing program.

Based on current levels of community spread across Minnesota, MDH as well as the CDC recommend that all unvaccinated school-age children and school staff get tested for COVID-19 at least weekly throughout the school year. Unvaccinated children involved in extracurricular activities or sports should be tested more frequently. Vaccinated students or school staff should get tested if they are experiencing symptoms or were exposed to someone who has COVID-19.More information on COVID-19 Testing during the 2021-22 School Year is available at www.rjbroadcasting.com.