Over time, the COVID-19 testing program will scale up to test all students and staff — and even household members of students and staff who test positive — at least once, Beutner said. Participants will receive invitations for future “periodic” tests at district-run sites, which will be open even before LAUSD decides to resume on-campus instruction, according to a district press release.
The testing is part of a broader pact between LAUSD and a collection of major research universities, health providers and lab and tech companies. Among them: Microsoft, which will provide software that will allow local school administrators to aid in contact tracing and other efforts to curb COVID-19’s spread.
Together, the entities will form a task force — co-chaired by former U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan — aimed at generating research that could help school districts nationwide decide when to reopen campuses.