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Table 3 Summary of Pros and Cons of Different School Testing Strategies

From: Simulating preventative testing of SARS-CoV-2 in schools: policy implications

Testing Strategy Major Pros Major Cons
Random regular testing in which all or a sample of students and schools are tested regularly Can be integrated into routine in-school childhood vaccinations Large samples maybe needed to be effective
One-time testing of all students and teachers returning to schools after summer holidays or school closure Can help reducing the anxiety of reopening among the students, schools’ staff and parents Lsrge number of tests to be processed at a given time and may not prevent contamination after testing.
Testing students and teachers with symptoms Small number of tests are required. Detects symptomatic cases only