The Wisconsin Department of Health Services announced Tuesday the state has received more than $175 million in federal funding to develop a program to support school-based COVID-19 testing for teachers, staff, and students.

A statewide testing program is currently being developed by the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) and schools will be able to choose from different testing options for the spring and summer and further options will be available in the fall for the 2021-2022 school year. More information will be available as plans for those options take shape.

In March, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced it would be investing $10 billion to increase screening testing to help schools reopen, and an additional $2.25 billion to ramp up testing in underserved populations.

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