New Mexico schools to receive funds for COVID-19 testing

The New Mexico Public Education Department (PED) announced Wednesday that the Department of Health (DOH) began to distribute $63 million in federal funds to help pay for mandatory COVID-19 testing. 

The grant was awarded to DOH by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Epidemiology and Laboratory Capacity Funding program to help schools meet  surveillance testing requirements and keep students and staff in schools.

The PED began requiring surveillance testing at all schools conducting in-person learning in mid-August.

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Unvaccinated teachers and staff are required to test for the virus once a week and schools are required to offer voluntary testing for unvaccinated students, according to the PED’s COVID-19 Response Toolkit for New Mexico’s Public Schools.