Minnesota is expanding the window for school districts to apply for grant money to help cover the cost of testing students for COVID-19.
The state has set aside $55 million in federal coronavirus aid to support school COVID-19 testing programs. Applications were to be made by Friday, but the deadline has been extended till October 15.
Till Tuesday, about 44 per cent of government and tribal schools had applied for the grant. The money can be used for supplies, staffing and protective gear.
State Education Commissioner Heather Mueller said in a statement, “Regular COVID-19 testing can help identify new cases, slowing the spread of the virus, which is important because many of our young Minnesotans are still under vaccines.” ineligible for.”
Minnesota is now in the middle of its fourth surge of infections in the 18-month-long pandemic. School-age Minnesotans are now the group reporting the most new infections and outbreaks in about 100 schools.
State health officials recommend regular testing for students in school and other activities where they are regularly at risk of potential exposure to the coronavirus.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends masks in all 87 counties of Minnesota when visiting indoor places or crowded places because the community transmission rate is so high.
There are virus mitigation recommendations, but no statewide mask requirements for schools and mandates in some school districts have been controversial.