Navigating the Complexities of Keeping a School Open

K-12 schools are an essential part of our society. These school districts represent the backbone for many of our lives. The opening, closing and reopening of a school or classroom can be disruptive not only to a child’s education / mental wellness but also parents, faculty and staff.

While three COVID-19 vaccines have been authorized by the FDA for emergency use, COVID-19 testing in schools remains essential to keeping schools open for in-person learning. Staying open while safeguarding the health of your K-12 school, can be a difficult task. Let’s talk about some of those concerns:

  1. The budget is tight.Many elementary, middles and high schools struggle to cope with the additional cost of COVID-19 testing to already tight budgets. That is why utilizing the latest “pooling test” technology is a cost-effective solution to group testing. Instead of testing each individual, a classroom or group of 10 students, faculty or staff are tested at once. If the pooled test comes back positive, follow up diagnostics can then be used to identify the source of an outbreak without sacrificing accuracy or response time.
  2. We can’t seem to keep our school open.The Rockefeller Foundation has published a Playbook for K-12 Testing that can help you to get started or review your current action plan for testing. Whether you are just beginning to identify a testing plan or simply looking to evaluate the effectiveness of your current one, taking the time to properly plan an effective COVID-19 school testing strategy can save you time and money long-term.
  3. Coordinating COVID-19 testing in schools takes a lot of work.Finding an easy yet cost-effective, fast and accurate solution has posed a difficulty for many school districts. This is why GENETWORx has worked tirelessly to provide an all-in-one solution for K-12 schools for COVID testing. GENETWORx is not only a nationwide leader in COVID-19 testing with the expertise, speed and capacity to handle testing but also supports the technology to fit your needs. By using geo-fencing technology, you can ensure that everyone who enters your building has been tested to establish a COVID-19 safe zone for your school.
  4. Companies will misuse my data.Ensuring the security, accuracy and privacy of data is a concern for many parents, students, faculty and staff at K-12 schools. All school COVID test medical data is stored and encrypted by our HIPPA compliant Aura app. This app grants educators the ability to review high-level results while still empowering parents and students to own their scheduling, tracking and reporting.

It doesn’t matter whether you’re a superintendent of a K-12 school district, a school board member, a teacher, student or staff, we all have one goal in mind-opening and keeping your school opens safely. While finding a COVID-19 testing solution for schools may seem daunting, GENETWORx is here to help. <a href=”tel:610-726-1205″>Call 610-726-1205</a> to reach one of our friendly representatives for more information.

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