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U.S. Schools Push Covid Tests After Anxiety of Holiday Surge

  • D.C. schools mandate negative test for students, staff return
  • ‘I know the anxiety is high,’ Chicago Public Schools CEO Says
A parent, center, completes a form granting permission for random student Covid-19 testing as he arrives with his daughter at an elementary School in New York on Dec. 7.
A parent, center, completes a form granting permission for random student Covid-19 testing as he arrives with his daughter at an elementary School in New York on Dec. 7.Photographer: Mark Lennihan/AP Photo
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Hundreds of thousands of U.S. students and staff will face a new ritual as they return to school after the holiday spike in Covid-19 infections: ramped up testing.

In Washington, D.C., all students and staff must provide proof they are Covid-negative before re-entering schools on Jan. 5. In Chicago, the public schools are hustling to process more than 37,000 tests before the return to classes on Monday -- the flood is so great that delivery boxes in some areas were overflowing.