West Genesee students among first to receive free at-home COVID tests ahead of school on Monday

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CAMILLUS, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) – On Sunday morning, West Genesee students were among the first in Central New York to receive free, at-home COVID test kits before heading back to school after winter break.

Grandfather, Michael Kinahan was the first in line at West Genesee High School for the drive-thru distribution, picking up test kits for his two grandchildren who were out of town.

Sarah Cappella was just a few cars down the line, picking up tests for her three children to make sure they don’t have COVID-19 again.

“We haven’t had any problem getting tests at pharmacies, but we are thankful to have a little supply at home just in case it comes back,” Cappella said.

The district received 4,400 kits from the Governor’s office as at-home detection has become a focal point for getting kids back in the classroom safely.

“I think it shows that schools are supporting homes and home school partnerships obviously, but it’s an even greater signal that the county and the state are streamlining those resources to us to get them right into people’s hands,” West Genesee Superintendent David Bills said.

The district chose to distribute their allotment of tests from 10 am-2 pm on Sunday, but for those unable to make it at that time, Superintendent Bills said he’ll be sending out a notice to families to arrange a separate pick-up time in the coming days.

“This is just another mitigation measure it’s another resource to utilize. Not any one of these components is fool proof or is going to be the perfect answer, but in this case to be able to have a rapid test for peace of mind and or to find out someone who many be asymptomatic who should be staying home.”

Superintendent David Bills

“I think it’s a great idea, I mean the kids should be tested before they go to school.”

michael kinahan, west genesee grandparent

Providing families with a tool not many can find to help get through this winter surge.

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