Important update: Healthcare facilities
CDC has updated select ways to operate healthcare systems effectively in response to COVID-19 vaccination. Learn more
To maximize protection from the Delta variant and prevent possibly spreading it to others, get vaccinated as soon as you can and wear a mask indoors in public if you are in an area of substantial or high transmission.
Given new evidence on the B.1.617.2 (Delta) variant, CDC has updated the guidance for fully vaccinated people. CDC recommends universal indoor masking for all teachers, staff, students, and visitors to K-12 schools, regardless of vaccination status. Children should return to full-time in-person learning in the fall with layered prevention strategies in place.

School Testing for COVID-19

School Testing for COVID-19
Updated Aug. 25, 2021
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  • As schools go back to in-person learning, many offer free, regular COVID-19 testing for students and staff.
  • Regular testing, along with COVID-19 vaccination, helps protect students, staff, family members, and others who are not currently vaccinated against COVID-19 or are otherwise at risk for getting seriously sick from COVID-19.
  • Testing programs help keep students in the classroom and allow them to take part in the other activities they love.

Learn More about Testing for COVID-19 in Schools

Communication Toolkit for Schools

This toolkit includes materials that school administrators can use to teach parents, students, and staff about school testing programs and encourage participation. Many of these materials are customizable and can be adapted according to the school’s needs.

Customizable Materials
Sample Letters

Customizable letters explaining school testing for parents and staff.

Letter for Parents

Letter for Staff

Questions & Answers

Sample Q&As to answer questions on school testing from parents and staff.

FAQs for Parents

FAQs for Staff

Sample Social Media

Sample social media messages and graphics targeting parents and school staff. School districts and health departments can adapt these messages for their locations and needs.

See social media messages and graphics