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As more students and staff return to schools, Palo Alto Unified wants to test them regularly for COVID-19

Original post made on Feb 23, 2021

With Palo Alto Unified gearing up to bring more people back to campuses, the district is looking to increase its COVID-19 testing efforts.

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Posted by Consider Your Options.
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Feb 23, 2021 at 1:44 pm

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Frequent testing works. My daughter attends a university where they test everyone on campus weekly by appointment, so people don't waste time standing in line. If you test positive, you go into quarantine. This, in addition to thoughtful behavior protocols, including masking and maintaining very small circles, facilities adaptations, etc limited the number of Covid cases on campus to 13 last semester while infections raged in nearby communities. (Campus student population is nearly 6,000 students and I don't remember the number of faculty and staff.)

An additional benefit of regular testing is reduction of anxiety. My daughter actually looks forward to being tested each week when she knows for certain that she is healthy and she isn't carrying the infection. I have to say, that reduces my concern for her too. Regular testing is a good thing.


Posted by Angela Lifman
a resident of Barron Park
on May 11, 2021 at 3:02 am

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Posted by kanekiikenn
a resident of Addison School
on May 11, 2021 at 3:03 am

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#I believe that children should study in schools, not at home.

Yes, but the disease still hasn't receded. And I'm scared to send my daughter to school. And let it be better for her to study at school.


Posted by Angela Lifman
a resident of Barron Park
on May 11, 2021 at 10:18 am

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Posted by eileen
a resident of College Terrace
on May 11, 2021 at 12:38 pm

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High school and middle school kids can get a vaccine now. Just test the kids that do not get a vaccine, that way kids can go back to school in person.


Posted by Anonymous
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on May 11, 2021 at 10:48 pm

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Kids are in schools w/o much drama all over the U.S.


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