EL CAJON, Calif. — While several school districts in San Diego County remain closed, Cajon Valley Union has been open full-time since the fall with several safety measures in place.
Now, they're taking it one step further by participating in a unique pilot program to test kids on campus for COVID-19. Normally, kids are told not to spit at school, but at Rios Elementary in El Cajon, it's now encouraged as part of the bi-weekly program, which uses saliva samples.
Parent Erika Platt has a first and third grader at the school.
"I honestly feel so blessed for this opportunity. It helps me to know that they're safe," Platt said.
Platt says not only does the bi-weekly testing put her mind at ease, but doing it using saliva is something her kids actually look forward to versus a nasal swab.
"I think this way they're more eager and willing to participate. It's not as intimidating and they're excited," she said.
It's also convenient, especially when you consider the school's location, and the hoops some families have had to go through to get tested.