By Mugo Odigwe

CHICAGO (CBS)– Chicago Public School students will return to class next week, and the district is encouraging families and staff to test for COVID-19 before going back.

Some families were given at-home test kits weeks prior.

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However, the district wants those kits returned by Tuesday.

CPS gave out 150,000 test kits to staff and families at 300 schools, before winter break.

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But now, with less than a week before the start of school, school officials want to make sure the tests are processed properly and in a timely manner.

Students can drop off the samples Tuesday at the nearest FedEx drop box. 

If a drop box is not an option, try these city libraries between noon at 5 p.m.

  • Englewood: Kelly Branch, 6151 S. Normal Blvd.

  • South Shore: South Shore Branch, 2505 E. 73rd St.

  • Auburn Gresham: Thurgood Marshall Branch, 7506 S. Racine Ave.

  • Southeast Side: Vodak-East Side Branch, 3710 E. 106th St.

  • Austin: Austin Branch, 5615 W. Race Ave.

  • Altgeld Gardens: Altgeld Branch, 933 E. 131st Place

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