CDC Does Not Recommend Schools Test All Students, Staff for Coronavirus
July 13, 2020
New federal coronavirus guidance does not recommend universal testing of all students and staff in K-12 schools, an idea that has been floated as educators and policymakers seek ways to safely return students to their classrooms after extended building shutdowns.
The Centers for Disease Control fand Prevention recommendations suggest testing efforts for K-12 students should focus on those with symptoms of the virus and those who may have had exposure to infected individuals.
Universal testing may be logistically challenging and disruptive, creating concerns about issues like resources, parental consent, and student privacy, says the guidance, which was released Wednesday evening.