Maricopa County Public Health offices are working with CUSD in order to rapid test their students outside of their offices. As COVID-19 cases continue to increase, officials, staff and parents are concerned about their children contracting the virus. In order to maintain social distancing while conducting the tests, Maricopa Health officials are conducting these tests in parking lots. Despite the heat this week, parents and children are braving the high temperature for their safety. While these parents are also concerned about their children suffering from a heat stroke, they are prioritizing their children getting tested, especially parents with children not eligible for the vaccine. The constant barrage of emails informing parents that their child has been exposed to covid only increases their worries. Families with kids unvaccinated say that getting tested is the only way they feel comfortable sending their kids to school.
The Maricopa Department of Health Director has said that cases in schools continue to spike and there are almost three times the amount of outbreaks in August than in February. As of Aug. 30, 2021 there are 82 cases of COVID in the CUSD, a district of 50,000 students and staff. The rising number of cases only shows that testing events similar to this are necessary.