Once a week, staff working in-person at Rocketship Public Schools receive a coronavirus testing kit from the company Curative. School workers swab the inside of their own mouths, sealing the sample in a tube and biohazard bag.
The school ships the samples to a lab, which provides results in 48 hours, said Josh Pacos, Rocketship’s director of schools. Any employee who chooses to return to school buildings must complete the weekly ritual.
“We cannot, with 100% confidence say, ‘You are not at risk for any level of transmission of COVID,’” Pacos said. “What we can do is make sure that the layers of protection we provide are of the highest possible quality.”