On May 25, 2022, DESE, the Executive Office of Health and Human Services, and the Department of Public Health announced an update to the COVID-19 Testing Program for the rest of the 2021-22 school year, summer and fall of 2022.
Self-tests may now also be made available for the school community more widely, in accordance with the state's self-test guidance. Districts and schools can choose to make self-tests available to students and school community members prior to in-person, school-sponsored events (e.g., prom or graduation).
For school-based summer programs (e.g., summer school, acceleration academies, extended school year, etc.), we will continue to provide self-tests for symptomatic testing. Staffing, software, and all other services currently provided through CIC Health will no longer be available through the state-run program.
The state will no longer supply self-tests or other COVID testing services to schools and districts beginning in the fall. For school year 2022-23, DESE and DPH strongly recommend that schools and districts interested in implementing their own testing program limit that program to symptomatic rapid testing only. Schools and districts may purchase self-tests through the statewide contract.
Statewide contract: COVID-19 Statewide Contract Resources for Antigen Test Kits
iHealth At-Home Antigen test expiration update letter — January 11, 2023
iHealth At-Home Antigen test expiration update letter — July 8, 2022
iHealth At-Home Antigen test expiration update letter — March 29, 2022
iHealth At-Home Antigen test lot number look up
Abbott BinaxNOW Ag Card Expiration Update Letter — January 7, 2022
Abbott BinaxNOW Home Test Expiration Extension — January 7, 2022
Abbott BinaxNOW Ag Card Product Expiration Extension — January 2022
CLIA and COVID-19 Update Webinar Slides, October 6, 2022
COVID-19 Testing Update Webinar Recording, June 13, 2022
COVID-19 Testing Update Webinar Slides, June 13, 2022
COVID-19 Testing Update Webinar Recording, May 25, 2022
COVID-19 Testing Update Webinar Slides, May 25, 2022
Legacy testing program and the original testing program documents and information are now archived.
Last Updated: January 23, 2023
Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH): Information on the Outbreak of Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance for schools
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