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Nevada lawmakers fund teacher testing plan as schools reopen

Posted at 1:07 PM, Sep 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-15 16:07:59-04

CARSON CITY (AP) — Nevada lawmakers allocated $6.2 million in federal relief dollars to a program that will test thousands of teachers across the state as they return to classrooms for in-person instruction.

Throughout the United States, coronavirus cases have spiked in school districts that have opened for in-person instruction, including in Washoe County, where students and teachers at 16 schools in the Reno area have tested positive for the virus since returning to classrooms in mid-August.

In Las Vegas, the Clark County School District has reopened public schools for remote learning only. Both administrators and teachers' union leaders said a robust testing program was essential to returning students to the classroom.