Gov. Evers announces enhanced COVID-19 testing in schools

MADISON, Wis. (WKBT) — Schools in Wisconsin will have more access to free COVID-19 testing next school year under a program announced Tuesday by Gov. Tony Evers.

The free testing support program connects schools with lab partners to handle the school’s on-site COVID-19 testing for teachers, staff, students and their families.

The program is intended to make it easier for K-12 schools, including public, private and independent charter schools, to offer testing and help people make more informed decisions about how to manage COVID-19.

“Until COVID-19 vaccines are available to students of all ages, testing remains one of our best tools to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 in our schools,” said Evers. “This testing program supports schools so our educators and staff can focus on what they do best – teaching our kids.”

Schools can find more information about the new K-12 COVID-19 testing program for the 2021-2022 school year at www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/covid-19/testing-schools.htm.