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Abbott BinaxNOW COVID-19 Testing

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Department of Defense (DOD) announced an initiative to deliver 150 million Abbott BinaxNOW COVID-19 Ag Card Point of Care (POC) SARS-CoV-2 rapid diagnostic tests to schools and other strategic environments. Over the course of the school year, Massachusetts will obtain approximately 2 million tests for use in priority settings including but not limited to public districts, charter schools, educational collaboratives, and approved special education schools.

Districts and schools providing any type of in-person instruction are invited to participate. Districts and schools may use the Abbott BinaxNOW tests in three scenarios:

  • Symptomatic Individuals
  • Follow-Up Tests in the Pooled Testing Program
    • Districts and schools who use the Abbott BinaxNOW tests in the Pooled Testing Program should consult the Pooled Testing section of the DESE website for the required preconditions.
  • eMed Abbott BinaxNOW At-Home Tests

Once districts and schools completed preconditions found in the Abbott BinaxNOW K-12 Testing Program Memo & Checklist, they must submit the completed Readiness Checklist to After submission of this checklist, a member of the DESE team will provide the clearance and instructions to order test kits. Questions can be directed to

School Health Trainings

DPH's School Health Unit is hosting train-the-trainer sessions for school nurses and other school health professionals. The training consists of an approximately 30 minute presentation by Abbott staff, followed by an anterior nasal swabbing demonstration by the MDPH Bureau of Infectious Disease and Laboratory Sciences Sr. Public Health Nursing Advisor, and concludes with school nurses performing an anterior nasal swab return demonstration and performing the point of care test with the Abbott BinaxNOW card. Additional trainings have been scheduled. To sign up for one of the future trainings, please go to the BU Shield website. (Please note: You may participate only if you have your BinaxNOW kits shipped and on-hand. You will be unregistered if our records show you have not yet been shipped test kits.)

Documents for Districts and Schools

Abbott BinaxNOW Resources for Test Administration

Project Beacon Resources

For questions regarding the Project Beacon software system, please call their hotline at 617-741-7310 or email them at

eMed Abbott BinaxNOW At-Home Tests

Interested schools and districts can now access an at-home version of the Abbott BinaxNOW rapid antigen test for individuals identified as close contacts and required to quarantine free of charge. Individuals identified at close contacts and required to quarantine can be provided two at-home Abbott BinaxNOW tests (one to be used immediately, the second to be used five to seven days after exposure). More information on how to order the at-home tests and the protocol for use can be found in the memo below.

Additional Information

Last Updated: June 7, 2021

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