K-12 surveillance testing gets underway, and 25,000 teachers and staff line up

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Staff at UVM Medical Center process Covid-19 tests. Courtesy photo
Humanities teacher Jared Bailey said he and his middle-school colleagues in the Champlain Valley School District jumped at the state’s offer — announced last week — to test every teacher and school staff member in Vermont.  
Bailey took the PCR test in the school’s nursing office, where he said nurses kept the mood light and the process running smoothly. He was also relieved: The nasal swab wasn’t invasive at all, and not the so-called “brain tickler” once administered by the state at pop-up tests earlier in the pandemic.
“Registering to take the thing was far more painful and time-consuming than the test itself,” he said.
The state’s massive K-12 Covid-19 surveillance testing effort got underway this week, and teachers and administrators report the effort — announced just days ago — has so far gone off without a hitch.
State officials said Tuesday that about 1,700 school workers were tested Monday. By the end of the week, about 25,000 teachers, administrators, custodians, paraprofessionals and support staff at all public schools and some private schools will have been offered a test.
On each school’s testing date, a shipment of test kits and labels …

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