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Hamilton schools discuss providing COVID-19 testing for staff

Hamilton High School
Posted at 9:15 AM, Dec 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-02 11:25:41-05

HAMILTON — Hamilton school board members and public health officials met to discuss a potential plan to offer COVID testing to staff members on Tuesday evening.

The testing would be voluntary and only offered to staff who are asymptomatic. School officials feel that asymptomatic testing will be well worth it if they can catch even one staff member who may be positive.

The district says only a handful of staff members are out due to COVID exposure or a positive test.

Hamilton Public Schools Superintendent Tom Korst said the service would be a luxury for their staff right now, and he says that at this time, Hamilton is doing better than most school districts.

"I think one of the things that we have going for us to a degree -- and I can’t say it’s gonna hold out forever, or even for the next few months -- is we did hire a number of staff in each building,” he explained. “We have smaller class sizes, that does help in just mitigating spread, and of course if there is a positive there’s fewer needs for isolation.

Korst will now begin mapping a timeline and a plan for this asymptomatic testing.