Schools have returned all across New York State and the state government has stepped up its prep to make sure they are prepared if COVID-19 returns to 2020 levels.

New York State Governor Kathy Hochel announced that the state will make COVID-19 rapid test kits and masks available to school districts across the state and and Boards of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES) if requested.

The Governor stated that the New York State is offering these services to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 among school-age children as they head back to school.

“Thanks to the hard work of New York schools, teachers, and parents, we have come a long way to ensure students can safely return to the classroom,” Hochul said in a statement. “Frequent testing for COVID-19 is an important part of keeping our kids safe and preventing an outbreak, and I will continue working to ensure our school districts have the resources they need to provide a safe, in-person learning environment for our students.”

A new variant of COVID-19 has popped up called BA.2.86 there have been reports of a a rise in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations being reported this summer.

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