Rob Copeland, via Erich Zellmer:
After calling around, Mr. Weston found a school district south of the city, Somerset Independent School District, ready to take a leap of faith. Superintendent Saul Hinojosa says the solution comes at a dire time: Just 35% of the district’s students showed up in the first week of classes. Many of their parents work as day laborers or at a local Toyota factory.
Local foundations connected to Mr. Weston are picking up the bill. Gov. Abbott says he plans to use federal funding on the initiative, too.
Mr. Hinojosa plans to test every student and staffer every week, with parental permission, mostly in the cafeteria or gymnasium. At-home instruction will be mandated for anyone who comes back positive. Students who refuse to be tested will be barred from after-school activities.
Sen. Bill Cassidy, Republican of Louisiana, says he favors the mandate, and is hoping to apply Mr. Weston’s approach in his own state. “One person’s liberty to be tested or not does not extend to potentially exposing others to disease,” says Sen. Cassidy, a physician.
Though Mr. Weston has some prominent support in San Antonio—including from the county judge, a Democrat and the region’s highest elected official—he hasn’t yet cracked the main school district in his hometown.
San Antonio’s medical director said in a late-August town hall that she didn’t favor testing asymptomatic students, citing CDC guidance and potential cost. The school board, too, will have to give its assent.
Who will get them all to change their minds? “I will,” says Mr. Weston.