Missouri – Hundreds of Missouri schools will have a new option for potential cases of coronavirus.
All schools in southwestern Missouri will soon have a new tool to fight Kovid-19, which is a stockpile of their own fast tests. Web City School leaders see this as a huge benefit.
Kevin Cooper, WC R-7 Assistant Superintendent, said, “I think it’s very useful. Number one is speed. We have been in a situation where we have to wait 24 hours or 72 hours to get back the results of these tests.
The state is sending 583,000 antigen test kits to about 330 school districts. A positive response kickstarts the loneliness.
“We can get that student back in the classroom very soon if there is one.”
Web City expects to receive more than 5,000 test kits.
“We think we gave enough orders that we would be able to pass in a few months, if not more.”
That number is even higher for the Joplin School District – over 7,000. They need to be used. The student or staff member must show those symptoms before being tested.
“Our nurses are being trained by the lab,” said Joplin R-8 Superintendent Melinda Moss. This is a training online training. ”
And while there is an advantage to having an alternative inside, it does not replace other precautions.
“It’s an additional tool but it doesn’t replace our group 404s and our seating charts and the need for our masks – it’s still happening a lot.”