DCS offers free COVID-19 antibody tests for employees

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DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) -- We're just 3 months away from the planned start of the 2020-2021 school year and Dothan City Schools is giving their employees the opportunity to make sure they are at their healthiest.

DCS is partnering with Alabama Clinics to give their staff comfort during these uneasy times.

"We should start thinking about teachers and staff in the public school systems as really being the front line workers and start thinking about them in almost the same way were doing with police and fire and EMT and certainly our phenomenal healthcare professionals. Because clearly they are going to come back and they are going to be on the front lines," Dr. Phyllis Edwards, Dothan City Schools superintendent said.

Offering free COVID-19 antibody testing for employees who choose to partake.

According to the CDC, the antibody test determines whether the body had a previous infection with the virus.

"But I think it's something that should be looked at in terms of schools as teachers and staff go back and anything we can do to make again them feel more comfortable. But also you know this could translate into having our parents become more comfortable," Edwards said.

A test that couldn't come at a better time, for those teaching summer school.

"We can bring some in small groups, older children back and that would probably be mid-June. Which I've already talked to the high school principal and Dothan Prep. We will probably do some small groups face to face but we will also continue to do virtual because we have students that need to catch up on credits we will start that," Edwards said.

The drive through testing will take place Saturday, May 30th from 9 am to 3 pm at Alabama Clinics on Highway 52.

Depending on how the testing site goes, Edwards hopes to schedule another in August.

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