Over the past several months, The Rockefeller Foundation and its partners have focused on supporting schools in their efforts to reopen safely amidst the Covid-19 pandemic. Recognizing a need for targeted support, the Foundation facilitated the development and gathering of peer networks, tools, guidance, and expert advice to help schools stand up Covid-19 testing programs as a facet of multi-pronged risk mitigation strategies. To accompany the step-by-step guidance laid out in Covid-19 Testing in K-12 Settings: A Playbook for Educators and LeadersThe Rockefeller Foundation gathered additional examples and resources to equip school and school district leaders for the design and roll-out of their testing programs.


The Rockefeller Foundation’s K-12 National Action Testing Program (NTAP) highlights findings from school leaders, parents, advocates, labs, and manufacturers; connects schools with testing vendors; and outlines key testing strategies for schools. NTAP was developed in collaboration with 21 U.S. labs and testing manufacturers, is designed to operationalize the $10 billion allocated to K-12 school testing under the Biden Administration’s American Rescue Plan. The program highlights a 3-step testing protocol to test teachers twice a week and students once a week with case studies on early-adopter of school-based testing.

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The Rockefeller Foundation’s vendor checklist can help schools and districts determine which lab partnership would best fit their school. School administrators can use this resource when evaluating vendor proposals to stand up a K-12 testing capacity.

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This Project Planning Workbook is a downloadable Excel tool that can support the step-by-step processes needed to design, implement, and project manage district-wide testing in schools. The information in this workbook closely aligns with the best practices outlined in The Rockefeller Foundation’s Covid-19 Testing in K-12 Settings: A Playbook for Educators and Leaders.

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This is a series of interactive Tabletop Exercises for school system leadership teams to use in tandem with The Rockefeller Foundation’s Covid-19 Testing in K-12 Settings: A Playbook for Educators and Leaders. These exercises, accompanying tools, and graphic organizers guide teams through the process and decision-making steps to operationalize the implementation of the playbook.

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This resource simulates a Covid-19 testing strategy during a typical school day for students, staff, and families. Case study examples can be used to test processes, identify gaps, refine plans, and share those plans with the community.

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This document is designed for leaders to use as they consider common questions regarding Covid-19 screening, testing, and vaccination programs for their education systems. The resource is intended to support the overall development of successful return-to-learn and return-to-work plans.

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COVIDCheck Colorado is offering logistical, technical, and clinical support to conduct routine screening with a saliva PCR test in the school setting for their students and staff with the SalivaDirectTM protocol. This document outlines everything the testing team needs to know and do prior to, during, and after testing.

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This document covers the detailed information partner schools need to know about the saliva PCR sample collection process, including roles and responsibilities, PPE requirements, important considerations, collection processes, data, and reporting.

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Used by the pilot testing team in Tulsa, Oklahoma, with guidance from community leaders, this survey informs a trauma-based testing approach at testing sites. ACEs, in combination with the stress and anxiety that many people experience due to Covid-19, can make going to work, keeping up with household chores, and child/adult care challenging. Based on the results of this survey, the team offers to connect adults to supportive services to help.

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This CDC toolkit is designed for public health officials, K-12 administrators, school district officials, and occupational safety and health (OSH) professionals to assess hazards and implement mitigation strategies to reduce the spread of Covid-19 in schools. To protect students, teachers and staff, and the broader community, schools should consider implementing several of the recommended strategies, which will encourage behaviors that reduce the spread of Covid-19.

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Apr 16 2021
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Statement by Dr. Rajiv J. Shah, President of The Rockefeller Foundation, on the Passing of Vartan Gregorian, Carnegie Corporation of New York President
Apr 15 2021
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