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Commissioners and school system team up to offer free COVID-19 testing to teachers and substitutes

The Forsyth County Board of Commissioners is partnering with Forsyth County Schools to offer COVID-19 testing for FCS employees and active substitutes.

At a regular meeting on Thursday, Jan. 6, commissioners voted to approve an agreement between the BOC and Forsyth County schools so teachers and substitutes with symptoms of COVID-19 can be tested more quickly. The deal was approved unanimously, 5-0.

“As you know, with the increase in the number of COVID-19, it’s important for us and the schools to be able to get a rapid test within 24 hours,” County Executive Kevin Tanner said. “The long lines at testing sites have been difficult for our county and our school system.”

As staff will be limited and testing is ‘hard to get to’, family members, friends and students of teachers or contractors will not be able to receive testing under the deal. .

According to a news release from Forsyth County Schools, teachers should bring an official photo ID badge and substitutes should bring a copy of a pay stub from 2021-22 or a substitute activity or a sports key tag.

Patients who are tested are not allowed to return to work until they receive the results.

During the meeting, District 3 Commissioner Todd Levent said he was concerned about the current “symptoms” of the omicron variant of COVID-19.

He said he was concerned that “we still have people coming to work with symptoms” and that with a test, a positive COVID-19 result might not “show up right away”.

Levent said he wanted to remind people of the safety policies in place that state symptomatic employees of the county office and school system should not go to work and “broadcast it to other…employees.” .

Tanner said employees were instructed not to come to work if they weren’t feeling well and said the agreement between the commissioners and the school system did not deal with “internal politics”, but rather presented a “opportunity for our risk management department to be able to manage testing more efficiently and cost-effectively.

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