Screening/Testing

SCREENING AND TESTING

 Diagnostic Testing

Schools must ensure access to timely diagnostic testing among students with symptoms or who are close contacts of someone with COVID-19. This can be done at the school, at a centralized site for the district, and/or in partnership with a trusted and accessible community based testing provider and local public health. Below is a link to a consent form for testing at a school.
Consent Form for Rapid COVID-19 Antigen Test

 

Screening Testing Recommendations for K-12 Schools

Screening programs for students/staff are not required except as indicated below for high contact indoor sports, but are generally recommended and can assist in identifying individuals who may be infected and contagious. 

 

Screening testing should be offered to students who have not been fully vaccinated when community transmission is at moderate, substantial, or high levelsScreening programs should test at least once per week, but should consider increasing the frequency of testing to twice per week if levels of community transmission are trending and/or remaining higher. 

 

Per CDC guidance, fully vaccinated individuals do not need to participate in screening programs, but if symptomatic, should be evaluated and tested for COVID-19. 

 

Screening Testing Requirements for K-12 Athletics: To ensure safe participation in athletics, schools must institute screening testing protocols for athletes, coaches, trainers, and other personnel who work with athletes who are not fully vaccinated participating in high-contact indoor sports.

 

Schools may consider screening testing for unvaccinated students participating in other co-curricular or extracurricular activities, such as those that generate aerosols, including singing and some music.