Anaheim, California 2020-12-13 14:27:43 –
The Anaheim Elementary School District may be active in distance learning, but is now ready to launch a coronavirus test program to assist staff and students returning to campus.
Starting Monday, December 14, all approximately 2,500 employees in the district, from teachers and managers to managers and bus drivers, will be eligible for a free walk-up test “on demand” at major primary schools. There is.
The program is the result of a partnership between the district, the Orange County Healthcare Agency, and the OptimServe test, said Tracey Golden, senior director of school safety and operations in the district with approximately 16,000 students.
“We need to be able to provide our staff with regular tests for free so that we can ensure that we can resume in a safe way,” she said.
“This was in the works, hoping to open (in the classroom) in January,” Golden added.
Earlier last week, the district announced that school reopening would be postponed until March.
According to Golden, some district staff are working on-site while students continue distance education for the pandemic.
Coronavirus testing is available on a reservation basis from 9am to 7pm on Mondays and Wednesdays, she said. The test is done via a nasal swab looking for the genetic material of the virus.
The district shared news of the test program with teachers’ unions and classified employee unions representing custodians, bus drivers, supervisors, and office coordinators.
The district previously conducted community tests on the district campus in partnership with the county health agency. This will continue as long as Orange County endures an increase in COVID-19 cases.
“Testing that we can do for everyone helps the entire community,” says Golden.
Most schools in Orange County do not test students. Some districts require all staff, including teachers, to have regular COVID-19 tests, while others recommend tests as needed.
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