After a pool test for COVID-19 in her school yielded a positive result, Ellison/Parks Early Education Center teacher Annie Shah-Solle knew what would come next — rapid tests for each classroom in the school.
But when the worker from the state’s contractor, CIC Health, came to her classroom to conduct tests this time, there was a difference.
“They would not test me,” she said. “I said, ‘Hold on a second. I need to get tested.’”
While the worker had hundreds of tests available, she told Shah-Solle that school staff who are vaccinated and wear masks are not eligible for testing under state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) guidelines.
“That had never been communicated to me,” said Shah-Solle, who added that she’s been tested on other occasions.
In Boston and across the state, dozens of teachers reported what they see as a sudden change in testing policy.
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