BOSTON (WHDH) - The 200,000 at-home testing kits that were slated to be distributed to school districts throughout the state for teachers and staff to test for COVID-19 before returning to work after the holiday break have been delayed.
The vendor of the testing kits cited ongoing supply chain issues as the reason for which the kits will not arrive by Friday as promised.
“Due to national supply chain restraints around COVID-19 rapid tests, the vendor that agreed to ship at-home tests kits has informed the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education that they will not be able to deliver the tests by Friday,” wrote an Executive Office of Education spokesperson.
This comes after the Massachusetts Teachers Association on Thursday blasted Gov. Charlie Baker’s post-holiday testing plan for educators, calling it a “logistical nightmare.”
“This decision, made without consultation with educators’ unions and local stakeholders, is one more example of the failure of the Baker administration to get it right. Plans for testing of this magnitude should have been communicated well in advance of schools closing for the winter break,” said MTA President Merrie Najimy.
DESE announced Thursday that it now plans to make rapid COVID-19 testing kits available for distribution this weekend.
School districts across the state are still expected to reopen as scheduled next week and more than 2,200 schools will continue to conduct regularly scheduled pooled testing, symptomatic, and Test and Stay programs, according to DESE.
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