Could return to schools include COVID-19 testing?

Mike DeNardo
May 25, 2020 - 4:00 am

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Could a return to in-person classes at schools involve testing students and staff for the coronavirus? 

School District of Philadelphia Superintendent William Hite said while he'll never say never, it's unlikely that students and staff will undergo school-based COVID-19 testing, should there be an in-person return to classes.

"I do envision just maintaining data about young people and their temperatures each day and those types of things that will give us information. I'm not so sure about the testing and whether we will have the ability to do that."

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According to Hite, administrators hope to have a framework in place by the middle of June to analyze three scenarios: a full return to schools with social distancing measures, a return of some grade levels, or a continuation of online learning. 

He said in consultation with the city and state health departments, the district aims to plan for one of those options by the middle of July.