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CDC: Schools should prioritize COVID testing for symptomatic staff, students

October 16, 2020

The non-binding guidance comes as schools begin to increase in-person learning options and as states and communities determine efficient and reliable mitigation efforts to reduce the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19.

Schools can be vital community centers for COVID-19 surveillance, diagnosis, screening and outbreak response, but education administrators should work with local health experts on the feasibility and logistical considerations for school-based testing, the CDC advises. Any school-based testing for the novel coronavirus should be done on a voluntary basis and include parent consent for testing of students who are minors.

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