Students return to school as state ramps up virus testing

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Children across Rhode Island are returning to school as the state ramps up its coronavirus testing program for students, teachers and staffers.

Nearly all Rhode Island public school districts were given the go-ahead to resume full in-person classes Monday, although parents have the option of keeping their kids home to learn remotely.

The state has created a testing program that health officials say will provide quick results to any public or private K-12 school student, teacher or staff member who needs to be tested for the coronavirus.

The director of the Rhode Island Department of Health says the state will be able to perform 5,000 school tests a day.