Last week, D.C. public schools did a massive round of testing of students the night before the return from winter break. D.C., instead of doing this only after long breaks (as was announced yesterday), should do this weekly: give every student a box of tests (2 tests total), and have them test Sunday evening. This won’t stop Omicron dead in its tracks, but it will limit some of the spread.
As importantly–and I’ve been saying this all along–if a child tests positive, there’s a good chance, the parent is positive too. This might prevent additional spread by parents too.
There’s already a portal that works, so why not do this? At this point, every little bit helps.