Test to Know COVID-19 school testing program

Last updated August 12, 2022.

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The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is providing K-12 Colorado schools (public, private, charter, and tribal) with a FREE, voluntary, and statewide COVID-19 Test to Know program for the 2022-2023 school year. This program can help schools slow COVID-19 transmission and reduce disruptions to in-person learning by making it easy for students to test both in school and at home. 

There are two ways to use the Test to Know program: in-school testing with Point of Care (POC) tests and at-home testing with Over-the-Counter (OTC) tests. Students younger than the age of 18 are required to have parental or guardian consent on file for any testing performed on-site.

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In-school testing with Point of Care (POC) rapid antigen tests

In-school testing allows school staff to administer Point-of-Care (POC) rapid antigen tests under the state’s CLIA waiver. Order POC tests using CDPHE’s rapid test ordering portal
 
COVID-19 reporting is required for all positive POC test results. Details about how reporting works are below:

  • A trained school staff member must administer the tests on-site at school. 
    • Any school staff member can be trained to perform a test.
    • Tests take approximately 15 minutes to administer.  
  • Positive test results must be reported by school staff using the reporting application SimpleReport. Find SimpleReport enrollment instructions under the header “How to Report COVID-19,” Option 2.

Schools or districts can place large orders using this order form. Once an order is placed it typically ships within seven business days. If you have not received notification within seven business days of your order, email cdphe_covidtesting@state.co.us.

At-home testing with Over-the-Counter (OTC) rapid antigen tests

Schools and districts may choose to provide OTC tests to students, staff, and school volunteers for testing in a non-school setting. These tests can be administered by parents, guardians, caregivers, or students away from school. OTC tests can be ordered using CDPHE’s rapid test ordering portal

People may report test results by using the state’s reporting portal. Schools must report any positive COVID-19 test results for OTC tests from parents, students, and school staff to the local public health agency.

OTC tests typically ship within seven business days and large order deliveries can take longer. If you have not received your shipment within 10 business days of your order, email cdphe_covidtesting@state.co.us.

At-home testing can help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in schools, but it’s important to know how to properly use the test and interpret the results. For more information visit:  

Learn more about additional options for testing at your school, including information on the screening program for the 2022-2023 school year.