Early Insights and Recommendations for Implementing a Covid-19 Antigen Testing Program in K-12 Schools: Lessons Learned from Six Pilot Sites   [open pdf - 0B]

From the Introduction: "The Covid-19 [coronavirus disease 2019] pandemic required many students across the United States to begin the 2020 school year online. Experts estimate the impact on students' learning to be significant, with long-term learning losses potentially shaping children's educations for years to come and disproportionately disadvantaging poor students and students of color (Dorn et al. 2020). A lack of in-person schooling also limits many students' access to critical resources such as food, health services, and opportunities for socialization, and puts severe strain on working parents (Hoffman and Miller 2020). It is thus critical to identify strategies to keep schools open in a safe way that minimizes the risk of outbreaks. With this goal in mind, The Rockefeller Foundation has partnered with Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy (DM), Johns Hopkins University (JHU), and schools in six sites to pilot the implementation of Covid-19 testing in schools based on their Risk Assessment and Testing Protocols for Reducing SARS-CoV-2 [severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2] Transmission in selected K-12 [kindergarten through 12th grade] schools. [...] This report discusses early learnings and recommendations generated by pilot sites in their first four months of planning and implementing testing programs, based on a review of sites' documentation, key informant interviews, and initial planning and data collection to support statistical modeling."

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