School leaders plead for more federal, state funding – News –

SOMERSWORTH — Area school leaders called for new state and federal funding dedicated to COVID-19 testing in schools, among other reopening assistance, during a session with U.S. Rep. Chris Pappas Wednesday afternoon.

Without widespread testing and more rapid test results, the officials said they expect it will be difficult to manage the spread of the coronavirus before it starts working through local schools. They also said they expect the lack of such testing to exacerbate the fact that the coronavirus is disproportionately impacting families and districts with fewer resources as well as families of color, based on national data and trends.

“They keep saying, ‘Oh, if you have symptoms, go get tested,’ which is kind of a little too late… Then they’ll say, ‘The good news is kids tend to really not get it, but if they do get it they’re asymptomatic,’” said Matt Hanlon, chair of the Somersworth School

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