School contact tracing, PCR testing out; at-home testing in

by Guy Page

Vermont Agency of Education officials says Omicron spreads too quickly to track with contact tracing and PCR testing. Schools will be “shifting gears” to student at-home antigen testing, Education Secretary Dan French said in a Jan. 6 press statement, which appears below.

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In 2022, the way testing for COVID-19 looks in Vermont schools will be different. These changes are necessary due to the speed at which the Omicron variant transmits. Many of the tools that we have used successfully in the past are no longer a good use of resources because they cannot keep pace with how quickly Omicron spreads.

Vermont schools will be shifting gears from contact tracing and PCR surveillance tests to rapid antigen tests, which will be distributed to households so that families can test students at home. This program decreases the burden on schools while still allowing unvaccinated students who have been in close contact to someone with COVID-19 to continue to attend school as long as they test negative at home each day.

Vaccinated students who are close contacts will continue to be able to attend school without testing. Students are considered vaccinated if they have completed their initial two-dose series of vaccine.

School nurses will be able to test anyone in the school community who develops symptoms at school using rapid antigen or LAMP tests.

The state is in the process of implementing this program, which includes communication and planning with school leadership and finalizing logistics. Families should stay tuned to their schools and school districts for more information about how testing will look in their community.

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Critics of the new plan – including Progressive blogger John Walters – say the state has no effective alternative plan in place, and that the long-expected Omicron variant may rage unchecked through schools.

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2 replies »

  1. The truth is that the CDC took steps to stop use of the PCR test back in July of 2021. They sent official notification to all US laboratories that the PCR test can not differentiate between the flu and COVID-19. Our government and the CDC falsely claimed that all positive PCR tests were COVID-19. This information was used to instill public fear, increase case numbers and enact mandates in the name of protecting public health.

  2. We don’t need a plan, the only plan should be if your sick with symptoms stay home if not go to school, go to work. Stop all the shenanigans!

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