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Deadline extended to apply for school COVID testing money


October 4, 2021

Elizabeth Flores, Star Tribune

Twin Cities Academy charter school students stood in line as they navigated their first day of COVID-19 protocol between classes on the first day of school, Sept. 7, 2021. in St. Paul.

Public and tribal schools in Minnesota will have until Oct. 15 to apply for grants that will help fund COVID-19 testing programs for students and staff. The initial deadline for the program was Oct. 1.

The program, which is aimed at maximizing in-person learning, helps schools provide resources to slow the spread of COVID-19.

"Our school buildings are the very best place for our students to receive an education and to develop the important social-emotional skills that will serve them throughout their lives," Education Commissioner Heather Mueller said in a news release. "Regular COVID-19 testing can help identify new cases early, slowing the spread of the virus, which is critical as many of our youngest Minnesotans are still ineligible for vaccines."


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