Peoria Public Schools to implement surveillance rapid COVID-19 testing in lower grades

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PEORIA (WEEK) – Peoria Public Schools students are returning to class in about a week and district leaders are taking new steps to monitor virus spread in lower grades.

The Peoria Public School Board approved Monday night rapid testing for COVID-19 surveillance in K-4th grades. The surveillance testing isn’t new for the district. PPS did something similar in high schools last year to monitor for virus spread.

Now, the district is shifting focus to kids under 12-years-old.

“The main reason is because they don’t have the ability to get vaccinated now,” Alexander Ikejiaku, Associate Superintendent for Human Resources, said. “We need to watch out for them and catch any situations involving outbreak in that age group. Just monitor the incidents of that at the K-4 levels and watch it.”

Parents or guardians must sign a consent slip for their kids to get tested at schools. The district says it has already sent out those forms.

The first day of school for Peoria Public Schools is Wednesday, August 18.

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