The best way for educators to teach and for students to learn is to be in person in the classroom. To return to more in-person instruction, schools must stick with layered COVID-19 mitigation strategies as outlined by top public health experts, including those at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Protection. But far too many are missing a critical layer: Routine COVID-19 testing.
Testing provides communities with clear assurance that cases, specifically asymptomatic cases, are low or, hopefully, non-existent in their school buildings. A January Rockefeller Foundation review of testing programs in select districts across the country found that weekly screening of all students and staff can reduce in-school infections by 50 percent.