Osceola County looks at group coronavirus testing for students, teachers as school year starts

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OSCEOLA COUNTY, Fla. — The Osceola County school district says they want to test for coronavirus inside their buildings as soon as the school year starts.

The superintendent said the district has a plan in place and they are just waiting on the board's approval.

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Osceola County school leaders are looking to use pool testing, where a group of people from the building could have their results tested at one time.

The Osceola County school district wants to start coronavirus testing in schools in just a few weeks, but testing wouldn't come free.

Superintendent Debra Pace said rather than testing each test individually, the district will use what is called batch testing, which involves a group of samples being tested at once.

Pace said the district has partnered with a lab that would do the tests.

The school board will have to approve the proposed testing plan at their next meeting on Aug. 18.