On January 18, 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 districts and schools. Specifically, districts and schools participating in symptomatic and/or pooled testing may choose to continue those testing strategies and discontinue contact tracing and Test and Stay. As an additional resource, districts and schools that elect to make this change will be provided with rapid antigen at-home tests for all participating staff and students that may be used on a weekly basis.
Districts and schools may elect to switch to the updated testing program between January 21 and April 1, 2022 by responding to this brief survey. This district opt-in form is required for any K-12 school or district (public or private) seeking to switch to the updated testing program. Districts and schools that respond affirmatively by January 21 will be prioritized to start the updated program. The at-home antigen tests will be provided on a staggered basis with delivery of tests for staff and students occurring on alternate weeks. Districts that respond by January 21 will begin receiving tests for staff during the week of January 24 and tests for students during the week of January 31. Because at-home tests for staff members and students will be provided in alternating weeks, DESE and EOHHS/DPH will incorporate districts and schools that opt into the updated testing program after January 21 into the existing distribution schedule.
Districts and schools that elect to continue with the original K-12 testing options may find materials associated with that program at Original K-12 Testing Program.
Questions can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org .
Please note, following feedback from families and caregivers, districts are encouraged to use the phrase "routine COVID safety checks" to describe what we previously called "pooled tests" when communicating with families/caregivers.
All districts and schools that are interested receiving at-home antigen tests must complete the district opt-in survey. Schools and districts that are not already enrolled in either symptomatic and/or pooled testing must complete the updated Authorized School application and upload other required documents. Applications are being accepted on a rolling basis. We encourage districts and schools to apply as soon as possible to take full advantage of the state-funded program.
ihealth At-Home Antigen test expiration update letter
ihealth At-Home Antigen test lot number look up
New COVID-19 Testing Program Option for K-12 Schools — Memo
At-Home Antigen Testing Letter to Staff
Positive Test Result Notification (for at-home antigen testing program)
Safety Checks Graphics for District Websites
SY22 Updated COVID-19 Testing Program Webinar Recording, February 9, 2022
SY22 Updated COVID-19 Testing Program Webinar Slides, February 9, 2022
SY22 Updated COVID-19 Testing Program Webinar Recording, February 2, 2022
SY22 Updated COVID-19 Testing Program Webinar Slides, February 2, 2022
Highlighted version of DESE/DPH Protocols for Responding to COVID-19 Scenarios — Updated January 31, 2022
SY22 Updated COVID-19 Testing Program Webinar Slides, January 26, 2022
SY22 Updated COVID-19 Testing Program Webinar Recording, January 19, 2022
SY22 Updated COVID-19 Testing Program Webinar Slides, January 19, 2022
DPH's School Health Unit is hosting train-the-trainer sessions for school nurses and other school health professionals that will be administering the BinaxNOW diagnostic test. 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 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.)
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
Abbott BinaxNOW Home Test Extension — May 2021
Abbott BinaxNOW COVID-19 Ag Card and Training
Abbott BinaxNOW Testing Competency — Training Checklist
Abbott BinaxNOW QC Kit Log
Abbott BinaxNOW Product Information (including package inserts)
Abbott BinaxNOW Product Expiration Extension — May 2021
BinaxNOW Kits' Expiration Dates
Last Updated: May 25, 2022
Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH): Information on the Outbreak of Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance for schools
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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