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Covid-19 Testing in K-12 Settings: A Playbook for Educators and Leaders

A detailed, step-by-step playbook to help educators, leaders and their public health partners design and implement effective testing programs in schools.

This playbook is designed to offer detailed, step-by-step guidance to help educators, leaders and their public health partners design and implement effective testing programs in schools. Informed by experiences from over 90 school district and public health leaders as well as a wide-range of research, evidence, and expert insights, the Playbook addresses the operational challenges and every-day realities of implementing a complex, logistical program in an easy-to-understand, practical guide. This includes:

  • Identifying partners: How to engage local public health authorities, healthcare providers, state and local governments, and community organizations to help inform testing strategy and secure additional staff and financial resources.
  • Designing a testing program: How to conduct a rigorous risk assessment to understand the likelihood of SARS-CoV-2 being introduced into the school environment and how it spreads, how to design a testing program based on the metrics to achieve and the risk of transmission in schools at the time, how to pick the right type of test that is most effective and feasible, and who and when to test.
  • Considerations for launching a program: How to collect consent, considerations for working with testing vendors and setting up a testing sites, staffing needs, estimates on equipment and supply needs, logistics for sending samples to the labs and receiving results, guidance on how to report results and communicate to build trust before and during the testing program, operational workflows, and data management, privacy, and security.

The Playbook is developed in partnership with Testing for America, a nonprofit dedicated to helping organizations reopen safely with expanded Covid-19 testing, and supported by the Skoll Foundation through the RF Catalytic Capital, Inc. (RFCC), the Foundation’s public charity.

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    Covid-19 Testing in K-12 Settings: A Playbook for Educators and Leaders

    A detailed, step-by-step playbook to help educators, leaders and their public health partners design and implement effective testing programs in schools.
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Reopening K-12 Schools

The Rockefeller Foundation, working with partners, have spent months issuing plans, studying guidance, surveying stakeholders, briefing policymakers, and supporting cities, suburbs and rural communities alike in their effort to reopen safely and equitably. By leveraging breakthroughs in test production, investing in protocols and infrastructure, and of course, prioritizing getting teachers vaccinated, we can minimize risks enough for everyone – teachers, parents, and staff– to trust being back in a classroom.

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Complementary Materials

To help operationalize the Playbook, The Rockefeller Foundation has commissioned Chiefs for Change, a network of school superintendents and state education leaders, to develop a suite of related Covid-19 testing tools and resources that are designed to support school districts across the nation in their reopening plans. In addition, the Foundation gathered additional examples and resources to equip school and school district leaders for the design and roll-out of their testing programs from our partners.

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