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  • Coronavirus/COVID-19

    COVID-19 Testing Program

    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.

    Spring 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).

    Summer 2022
    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.

    Fall 2022
    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

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Information Regarding Expiration dates of Rapid Antigen Tests

    Webinar Recordings and Slides

    Legacy testing program and the original testing program documents and information are now archived.

    Last Updated: June 17, 2022

    Contact Us

    Parents and guardians questions can be directed to COVID19K12ParentInfo@mass.gov

    District and school staff's questions can be directed to: Reopeningk12@mass.gov

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