Martha’s Vineyard public schools have been accepted into a state-sponsored coronavirus testing program for symptomatic testing, superintendent Matthew D’Andrea announced this week.

Plans for a school-wide testing program took a giant step forward late last week, after the Island’s five school districts voted to authorize partial funding for the program.

The all-Island committee voted Thursday to authorize a new school-wide testing plan, unanimously backing a draft of the program while deferring the question of funding to local district committees.

Thursday marked the first day of school for students across the Island, but this year, backpacks and school buses were traded in for Chromebooks and webcams.

After two weeks of closed-door negotiations, the all-Island school committee voted Thursday to approve a memorandum of agreement with the Martha’s Vineyard Educators Association.

The all-Island school committee voted Thursday to approve a newly revised reopening plan for elementary schools that will put younger students back in the classroom earlier than expected.