The Biden administration today pledged $10 billion for school COVID-19 screenings and $2.25 billion for screenings and diagnostic testing among underserved populations.
The money is part of the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan Act that Biden signed into law last week.
The Department of Health and Human Services will divvy up the $10 billion among the states to fund screening tests of teachers, staff and students to help schools to reopen safely for in-person instruction. Screening tests are used to test asymptomatic people for COVID-19. The money will be deployed quickly to help schools reopen for the remainder of this year, according to an HHS news release.