Politics

School COVID Testing Aligns With Poverty

Written by: Sasha Reva

San Diego Unified asked parents to sign off on letting kids be tested for COVID-19. They believe that it will prevent widespread quarantines at schools if kids or teachers contract COVID-19.

If the school finds a case, every student who tested positive can use the testing information to determine who is safe. The program is entirely voluntary, and the schools where testing is widespread have the fewest low-income students. And that means more students will be sent home to isolate themselves.

The district is trying to minimize disruption in schools from COVID-19 cases that are prevalent in wealthy schools and not in lower-income schools. For example, if the kid is tested positive in poor schools, all classes are going to get quarantined. However, if it happens in a wealthy school, the kid is either tested or warned about the case.

The district may also require that all students over 12 be vaccinated to attend in-person classes. The discussion will be Tuesday, Sept. 28. The Democrats’ efforts to minimize school disruption from COVID-19 cases are prevalent in wealthy schools and not in lower-income schools. Therefore, lower-income schools are more susceptible to shut down their schools.

 

Photo from: Beth LaBerge/KQED