Friday, April 19, 2024

WJCC Schools Provides ViSSTA Screening Program for Students as Demand Increases

WJCC School’s continues to provide the ViSSTA testing for students, teachers, and staff. (Courtesy of the Virginia Department of Health)

WILLIAMSBURG-JAMES CITY COUNTY — Williamsburg-James City County Public Schools (WJCC) continues to participate in the Virginia School Screening Testing for Assurance program (ViSSTA) to provide a free COVID-19 screening testing program for the district’s K-12 students, teachers, and staff.

“[D]emand for testing in our area and across the country is high. WJCC Schools is no exception and reflects the high demand seen in our community,” said WJCC Strategic Communications Officer Kara Wall. “As a participant in the ViSSTA program, we look forward to having our testing kit supply replenished by the VDH.”

The ViSSTA program is not mandatory for Virginia schools to participate. However, the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) strongly encourages participation in the program.

The diagnostic tests are used to rapidly identify positive cases of COVID-19. WJCC has encouraged families to sign their students up for the ViSSTA screening program. Participation and all testing is entirely voluntary and only students with a signed consent form will be tested.

“Given high demand for test kits, students and staff are encouraged to participate in the free ViSSTA screening program offered at schools. The program is a reliable method for asymptomatic individuals to screen themselves for COVID-19 on a weekly basis,” Wall said.

Locals interested in seeing COVID-19 data provided by the VDH can check out WYDaily’s most recently published COVID-19 tracker. The COVID-19 tracker presents data from Williamsburg, York County, and James City County.

Parents with students who are seeking additional information are recommended to contact WJCC Schools.

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