Want to implement COVID-19 screening in your school? Here’s how.
In February, Massachusetts’ Department of Elementary and Secondary Education began a six-week program (later extended to 11 weeks) providing free COVID screening via pooled PCR testing for any public PreK – 12 school in the state that is either currently providing some form of in-school instruction or plans to do so. As of February 25, 155 school districts (more than 950 individual schools) had signed up for the program.
This toolkit is designed to help Massachusetts K-12 schools implement the screening program set up by the state. If you’re thinking of following one of the Massachusetts Models, it’ll help you make it happen.
Another great place to get started is the
COVID-19 Testing Guidance for School Committees, created by members of the Safer Teachers, Safer Students collaborative.
Want to ask a question about COVID screening? Join the COVID-19 School Testing – Resource Group on Facebook.
Find a School that Matches Yours
If you want to start screening at your school
and would like to be paired with a mentor district, contact me.
Developed by the data analysis folks at the Safer Teachers, Safer Students Collaborative. Shows which Massachusetts schools are conducting COVID screening, what kind of screening they’re doing and with which vendors, and whether students are remote, in person, or in a hybrid learning model.
These public K-12 schools have been screening for COVID-19 for weeks or months. Find a district on this list that looks like yours and see how they made it work.
Includes district geography (rural, exurban, suburban, urban) and size, plus the testing services provider and laboratory each district is using.
In K-12 Schools:
Insights From Early Adopters
(RAND Corporation, 02.04.21)
Though aimed at national and state policymakers, this report contains lots of useful information on what it takes to make screening feasible in schools and acceptable to the community. It also includes “ten detailed profiles of schools, districts, and states that have implemented COVID-19 testing in the K-12 setting, [to] illustrate how these facilitators enabled schools to establish their testing programs.”
In K-12 Settings
A Playbook for Educators
“This playbook is designed to offer detailed, step-by step guidance to help educators, leaders, and their public-health partners put testing recommendations into action.” Developed by Testing for America with support from the Rockefeller Foundation
and the Skoll Foundation.
State-Run COVID Screening
Some states have implemented COVID screening programs in at least some of their schools. Massachusetts’ and Vermont’s programs are the most comprehensive.