Test to Know COVID-19 school testing program

Last updated November 4, 2022.

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The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment is providing K-12 Colorado schools (public, private, charter, and tribal) and early childhood education programs (e.g., center-based child care, family child care, Head Start, or other early learning, early intervention and preschool/pre-kindergarten programs delivered in schools, homes, or other settings) with a FREE, voluntary, and statewide COVID-19 Test to Know program for the 2022-2023 school year. This program can help schools and ECEs slow COVID-19 transmission and reduce disruptions to learning by making it easy for students to test both in school and at home. 

  • Schools can order testing supplies for in-person (Point of Care/POC) and at home (Over- the- Counter/OTC) testing. Students younger than the age of 18 are required to have parental or guardian consent on file for any testing performed on-site.

  • ECEs can order Over-the-Counter/OTC tests to provide to parents/guardians/caregivers, staff, and volunteers for testing away from school.

At-home testing with Over-the-Counter (OTC) rapid antigen tests for schools K-12 and ECEs

Schools, districts, and ECEs 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, or caregivers, to students and children away from school. OTC tests can be ordered using CDPHE’s rapid test ordering portal
People administering OTC tests at home, can report test results by using the state’s reporting portal. Schools and ECEs 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:  

K-12 schools learn more about additional options for testing at your school, including the screening testing program for the 2022-2023 school year.

In-school testing with Point of Care (POC) rapid antigen tests for K-12 schools

In-school testing allows K-12 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.

For questions, email cdphe_covidtesting@state.co.us.