South Dakota

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Information current as of October 6, 2021

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Management structure for school screening

The South Dakota Department of Health (DOH) procures personal protective equipment and testing materials for K-12 school districts that participate in DOH-sponsored testing programs. DOH provides storage and distribution capabilities for testing and PPE supplies. DOH also provides education to K-12 school districts to support safe and accurate antigen testing in K-12 schools. DOH provides educational (digital and/or print) and testing materials for both in-school and at-home COVID-19 testing opportunities.

Support provided to school districts

K-12 school districts voluntarily enrolled in one or both of the following programs: in-school diagnostic testing using the Abbott BinaxNOW antigen test card, and/or at-home screening testing using the Quidel QuickVue OTC antigen test.

Each testing program is estimated to impact 100,000 students and adults in South Dakota K-12 schools. DOH stressed the importance to participate in both diagnostic and screening programs. The diagnostic testing program was very successful in the 2020-2021 school year with over 12,000 tests performed. It is anticipated the diagnostic program will be just as successful during the 2021-2022 school year.