Broken Promises: Half of the Student COVID Tests Newsom Promised Didn’t Arrive

Last month, Gov. Gavin Newsom made a lofty promise. As the omicron variant began spreading across the state, the governor said all 6 million K-12 students would receive an at-home testing kit to check their infection status before returning from winter break.

Many schools have already returned from holiday. But only half of the tests were delivered in time. By Tuesday, the number was at 3.4 million. According to the Los Angeles Times, schools in Long Beach, Rocklin, Sacramento, Burbank, San Leandro and Carlsbad never received their testing kits at all. California’s Public Health Department blamed shipping delays caused by recent storms.

The state’s largest school district, Los Angeles Unified, isn’t scheduled to resume classes until next week. The district has announced that a negative PCR test will be required for returning students.

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Can California keep schools open during omicron? Here’s what officials say could cause problems 


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