COVID-19 tests for Mass. school districts miss deadline as teachers return to classrooms Monday


CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – Will Massachusetts school districts be able to return to classes safely on Monday amid COVID-19 surge in the state?

The vendor who committed to supplying tests for Massachusetts School Districts says they will not meet Friday’s delivery deadline.

A representative with the Department of Elementary and Secondary education told 22News in a statement that they have developed an alternative plan, and will be making test kits available for distribution this weekend.

They said more details would be shared with districts on Friday as they get more information. Agawam mayor Bill Sapelli told 22News he wants teachers to have peace of mind before returning to their classrooms on Monday.

“People have been traveling the last 10-12 days, school staff, they have been gathering with relatives. the fact they will have the option to take these tests would be very helpful,” said Mayor Sapelli.

DESE is hoping to distribute 200 thousand at home tests before schools open back up.

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