An Alaska school district will require COVID-19 testing for in-state travel

The state does not require testing for in-state travel, so the Petersburg School District decided to come up with its own policy for staff and students. The policy mirrors the state’s mandate for out-of-state travel requiring five days of isolation in addition to at least one negative test result.

Superintendent Erica Kludt-Painter said she supported the new requirement because of the rising COVID numbers around the state.

“Everything we’re doing is trying to do the very best that we can to keep our kids in school,” said Kludt-Painter. “It’s not perfect — this is not perfect. I keep thinking of it as a sieve, a little colander. There are still little leaks all over the place, but we are doing the very best we can with the information we have.”

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