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Ohio COVID-19 testing pilot to include Mason, Lakota, Princeton schools

Cincinnati Enquirer |

Lakota Local, Mason City, and Princeton City schools are among nine Ohio districts chosen to participate in the pilot program. Students with their parents’ consent will be given rapid COVID-19 tests as part of the Ohio Schools COVID-19 Evaluation program.

The three superintendents said in statements that they fully support the effort.

“We are proud to be a part of this statewide study,” said Lakota Superintendent Matthew Miller. “Having been in school all day, every day, since Aug. 17, our data shows that there is little to no spread in the classroom when everyone is wearing a mask. We are hopeful that our state leaders will use the data from this study to lessen the number of days required for quarantine due to a positive case in a school setting.”

“After three months of being in school – all day, every day –  we have seen just how effective face masks are for stopping the spread of COVID-19,” Mason Schools Superintendent Jonathan Cooper said. 

“Scientific data is critical to making the best decisions for our students, staff, families, and communities,” said Princeton Schools Superintendent Tom Burton. He too mentioned mask-wearing as crucial among efforts at schools to keep kids safe from COVID-19 spread.

The program is sponsored by DeWine’s office, the Ohio Department of Medicaid, the Ohio Department of Health, and the Ohio Department of Insurance.