Parents, educators urge schools districts to implement COVID-19 testing

A patchwork of efforts is leading to rising frustration among parents and educators

With the majority of school-age kids still ineligible for COVID-19 vaccines, the Murphy administration set aside more than $260 million in federal relief aid to help school districts set up regular testing for infection. But unlike vaccines for teachers and staff, the state isn’t mandating schools to follow through with weekly tests, leading to a patchwork of efforts and rising frustration among parents and educators.

The Newark Teachers Union is asking the district to make good on its promise to implement a testing program to minimize disruption to this school year. In nearby Montclair, parents got tired of waiting for their district to do the same, and a group of moms took matters into their own hands. They partnered with MedRite and the Montclair Foundation for Educational Excellence to set up a different testing site every Thursday, next to a school.

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