HONOLULU (KHON2) — The University of Hawaii just wrapped up a pilot project with a Waianae charter school that could lead to safer school reopenings as schools get ready to go pack to in-person learning in the fall.

About 80% of the 120 teachers and staff at Kamaile Academy volunteered to take free rapid antigen testing starting in March 2021.

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Those who took part swabbed their own noses, some of them more than once and some on a weekly basis. The pilot program ended in May 2021.

“It’s a preventative measure, so we can come, we can engage, like how we are doing in our own community, our own families. If we’re keeping safe, it’s a good way to monitor and that’s why I do it every week and this is my third time.

Raena Leleo, Kamaile Academy teacher

A total of 87% of participants said the program helped them to better understand the need for antigen testing and 52% were more likely to get vaccinated.