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December 15, 2021

High stakes testing

Filed under: Alameda — Lauren Do @ 6:19 am

The School District is sending home with all students COVID testing kits which is terrific given that we’re coming up on the holiday break and it’s a good, easy way for the District to urge families to test prior to returning to school.  

The product they’re sending home looks pretty easy to use and, according to the website, it’s not that expensive in the grand scheme of US home testing kits.  It’s pretty depressing how far behind the US is when it comes to easy, cheap, and plentiful testing.  I was reading articles where some experts were questioning the efficacy of the home tests, mostly because they were afraid that people would under-report their COVID status if it wasn’t done in a facility which would document the COVID status for data collection.  Personally, I’m not that worried about it.  I think the majority of people would self-isolate if they register a positive result, or at least get another test in a professional lab to be sure. Yes, I know there are the stories of parents who continue sending their kids to school even in the face of a positive result but MOST people aren’t assholes like that I would hope.

While my kiddos are vaccinated and I know that Alameda is doing fairly well on the vaccination front, I have to say that  it’s never a good thing to get email after email about a possible exposure at your student’s school.  And it feels like there have been A LOT in the past month.  While there is the possibility of an exposure to a lawsuit, it is Alameda after all, a vaccine mandate seems to something that is within the scope of what our School Board can do to help protect all students.  Now that the 5 – 11 cohort is able to get the Pfizer vaccine, we should treat the COVID vaccine like we do the mumps, measles, or rubella.  Mandatory, unless there are medical reasons why someone cannot receive the vaccine.

I’m tired, and I bet other families are tired too, of the nice little surprise emails declaring a COVID exposure at their schools and in their students’ classrooms.


  1. Yes to all.

    Comment by dave — December 15, 2021 @ 6:59 am

  2. It seems like if ever there was a time to go for affordable, equitable, quality health care in this country it is now, but I guess we don’t want it.
    These tests should be free to most people at least once a week and not cost more than about $5 besides that. It would be a game changer to have more normal interactions (everyone can test a day or two before and then right before a gathering) and feel safe as well as the opportunity to isolate if positive. Omicron is a test of how we handle the next pandemic and it seems we will flounder again..

    Comment by bjsvec — December 15, 2021 @ 8:57 am

  3. I am all for mandatory vaccines in K-12. If AUSD does that, though, they have to make it as easy as possible for parents who have yet to vaccinate their kids. That would include before school, after school, and weekend vaccine clinics at school sites for at least a month before any mandate goes into effect.
    We do have a handful of GQP parents in Alameda, but I bet most of them would quietly vaccinate their kids. After all, having to homeschool would take away some of their precious rabbithole time on the interwebs.

    Comment by Kristen — December 15, 2021 @ 9:30 am

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