Miss. parents, teachers question rapid COVID-19 testing plan

WATCH: Some Miss. teachers and parents question using COVID-19 rapid tests

MISSISSIPPI — Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves was at the White House on Monday to talk about the rapid COVID-19 tests the federal government is giving Mississippi.

Reeves said the allocation is going to give the state the availability for K-12 teachers to get COVID-19 tests every day going forward.

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FOX13 found out some teachers and educators question that move and whether or not it makes any sense.

At least one superintendent wanted to know who was going to administer the tests.

That’s also a question we asked the governor’s office.

Holly Bailey of Batesville has two children in the school system. She said giving COVID-19 tests isn’t something teachers or school nurses should have to worry about.

“Oh, they are overloaded as it is,” Bailey said.

Reeves said school attendance statewide is at 70-80 percent but that daily testing of teachers could increase confidence in the system and bring attendance to 100 percent.

One educator we spoke with mentioned how getting a COVID-19 test every day would be unbearable and would make a teacher’s job that much tougher.

“Yeah I think they already have a lot on them and we would probably lose a lot of teachers,” Bailey said.

Michelle Boyette of Batesville said the school system would probably have to hire even more nurses and the idea just doesn’t make any sense.

“I don’t know how purposeful that would be without the kids getting tested too,” Boyette said.

One educator mentioned he wanted to know who would track and deliver the daily results.