West Contra Costa Unified School District handed out 15,000 COVID-19 home testing kits to students
Contra Costa County, California – Before the first day of school following the winter break, the West Contra Costa Unified School District delivered 15,000 Covid-19 test kits to students as an attempt of preventing COVID-19 from spreading in schools amid omicron variant surge.
“With a spike in cases in the country surrounding the omicron variant and the scarcity of in-home tests in stores, the rapid spread of the virus required an aggressive response to ensure safety in our school communities,” Superintendent Kenneth Chris Hurst stated.
Hurst and his colleagues worked with the United Teachers of Richmond and district personnel to distribute 28,000 kits after obtaining them from the Contra Costa County Office of Education.
“We appreciate the UTR members who volunteered to make this possible. … Testing is a crucial part of keeping our schools safe,” Marissa Glidden, president of the United Teachers of Richmond Union, said in the statement.
The district also intends to establish three more testing sites for students and employees beginning Tuesday. Test kits that were left over from Sunday’s program will be delivered to all school sites. Families can continue to be tested at school sites on a weekly basis.