Free School Testing / from Eurofins Genomics

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Good for Budgets

Federal funding covers 100% of school testing. Details below

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Good for Teachers

Eurofins handles the heavy lifting so teachers can teach

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Good for Students

Children need normal. Give them a safe place to learn and play

Reopen the Country / By Reopening Schools

Why is school testing important?

These factors combine to make schools a high risk zone for COVID-19 and a potential source for a resurgence.

Economic Recovery
Next to vaccinations, school testing is the most crucial factor to economic recovery. It allows parents to return to work and children return to normal.

 

Kids spread viruses!
Any parent knows that children brandish a special talent for spreading viruses and most infections come from their school. If one child catches a cold, the whole class gets it. Unfortunately this is true for COVID-19 as well. The CDC reports, “the rate of positive test results was generally higher among children and adolescents (particularly those aged 11–17 years) than that among adults.”

 

Schools are not vaccinated
Young children and teenagers have the lowest vaccination rates in the country. 0% of small children are vaccinated and an estimated 24% of teens are vaccinated. Although the symptoms of COVID-19 appear to be mild in most children, they can spread it to parents, grandparents, caregivers, and other vulnerable groups. Learn how to get your child vaccinated.

 

Students have fallen behind
Most K-12 students are >1 year behind now in their studies, which could have a drastic downstream impact for years to come. Help them catch up by returning to full time, in-person learning.

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Is it really free? Yes!

Federal funding for expanded COVID-19 testing in public and private schools is readily available and already dispersed in many states. States can design their COVID-19 school testing plan according to their needs, which means there is variability between programs in terms of the test type, frequency, and level of service from vendors like Eurofins. With our wide portfolio of COVID-19 tests, Eurofins has a solution for any testing plan.

There is a second source of funding available as well. Health and Human Services (HHS), in conjunction with the Department of Defense, awarded Eurofins the Northeast and South territory for a surveillance testing program for K-12 schools, vulnerable populations, and a wide variety of other groups. This means that Eurofins is the only approved vendor in these two regions for the HHS program. These funds can be used in conjunction with the ELC funds mentioned earlier. To qualify, follow these directions:

  1. Click here
  2. Fill in the contact form.
  3. Our sample collection partner, Affinity Empowering Inc., will respond and qualify the request.

Whether you wish to use ELC or HHS funding for your school system, Eurofins can help. We offer a variety of testing solutions.

Method
Funding
Surveillance Testing Funded by HHS program. Schools never see a bill. Eurofins manages everything directly with the federal government.
Screening Multiple sources of funding. Many states are using pools, which are typically a surveillance test, for screening. In addition, individual PCR tests performed weekly can provide a screening method.
Diagnostic Testing Funded by ELC program. A table containing the funds for each state is captured below.

The goals of the government-funded program are to help identify and minimize asymptomatic transmission, curtail broader community transmission, prevent outbreaks in institutional and community settings, and protect vulnerable individuals and populations.

 

We Cover Surveillance, Screening, and Hybrid Testing Programs

Eurofins Genomics provides plug-in-play solutions for every state testing program.

 

Method

Type

Frequency

Situation

Speed

Surveillance

Pooling
Lower nasal swab

PCR

Weekly (recommended)

Asymptomatic

24 hrs

Screening

Pooling or individual test

Lower nasal swab

PCR

Weekly (recommended)

Asymptomatic

24 hrs

Individual (Diagnostic)

PCR

PCR

As needed

Asymptomatic and symptomatic

24 hrs

Home Collection Kit

Individual test
Lower nasal swab

PCR

As needed or weekly, depending on plan

Asymptomatic and symptomatic

24 hrs

Hybrid Method (Pools + Individual Confirmatory Testing)

Pooling and individual sample, Lower nasal swab

PCR

Weekly (recommended)

Asymptomatic

24 hrs for pooled results, +24hrs for confirmatory results


CLICK HERE for more details on testing options for your school.

 

 

What Makes Eurofins / Unique

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Exclusive Vendor for HHS Program

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), in partnership with the Department of Defense (DOD), invested $650 million to expand testing in K-12 schools. Eurofins was one of 187 vendors vying for the contract. We are honored that the government chose us as the exclusive vendor in the Northeast and South region. What does this mean for your school? If you reside in one of those areas, Eurofins is the only vendor approved to perform surveillance testing at your school.

 

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Collection is a Breeze

Our goal is to make testing as easy as possible. We developed a custom collection process around the needs of teachers, which is hands-off and self-managed by students. Furthermore, Eurofins partnered with Affinity Empowering Inc. to roll out a massive collection program for all school, nationwide, including rural locations. Lastly, we provide an intuitive online tool for teachers and administrators to schedule testing, track results, and monitor the program.

 

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Incredible Sensitivity

The FDA ranked our test as one of the most sensitive tests on the market, which derives from a combination of accuracy and precision. What does this mean for patients? The Eurofins EUA approved test can detect the SARS-CoV-2 virus at extremely low levels, much lower than other tests, which is especially useful when pooling samples for surveillance.

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Amazing Precision

Zero false positive results during validation, for both the within-run and between-run precision. This equates to 99.9% precision on our test.

Where to Start / Testing

School Testing
Diagnostic, Screening, and Surveillance / Pooling
As the exclusive vendor for HHS testing in the South and Northeast region, and an approved vendor in many state testing programs, Eurofins is the ultimate partner for rolling out testing at your school.
 
 
Sports Teams
Diagnostic, Screening, and Pooling
 School sports are a key part of many children's lives but pose an increased risk of spreading the virus due to the close interaction of players. Work with Eurofins to set up weekly tests for your team for free.
 

 

 

Summer Camps
Diagnostic, Screening, and Pooling
It is critical that schools begin testing over the summer to ensure a smooth logistical roll out of the testing plan once the school year begins. Eurofins provide testing for sports camps, summer camps, and many other summer programs for students.
 

Questions / and Answers

What types of schools can participate?

Any school--public, private, religious, or otherwise--can participate in the HHS program for expanded testing in K-12 schools. If you plan to use an alternative source of funding, please contact that institution for details.

 

How do I partner with Eurofins?

Contact us to get started. We do all the leg work. Set up is easy. The summer is a great time to get started because it allows time to smooth out the process before the fall. All it takes is reaching out to start free testing at your school.

 

What types of testing does Eurofins offer schools?

Eurofins Genomics provides all major testing methods including screening, diagnostic, and surveillance testing. Furthermore, Eurofins developed a hybrid test that combines the benefits of all three methods into one test. View the details here.

 

How are samples collected?

It depends on your plan and resources. In some cases, students collect their own samples which are collected by the teacher or a nurse. In other cases, we can provide on-site collection resources to help facilitating the process. Contact us to discuss options.

Which test program is best for my school?

The answer depends on your goals. Below is a comparison of the most common COVID-19 testing methods for K-12 schools. Contact us for more specific information or questions.

 

Surveillance Pooling

Diagnostic

Pooling + Reflex
Surveillance AND Diagnostic

Antigen
Diagnostic

Accuracy & Sensitivity

Medium

High

High

Low

Speed

24 hrs

24hrs

24hrs for Pool, 24hrs for Reflex

Rapid

Cost per person

$

$$$

$-$$

$

 

Which option is easiest for teachers and administrators?

 

Pooling

Diagnostic

Pooling + Reflex
Surveillance AND Diagnostic

Antigen

Administrative and Teacher Burden

Low Burden
Min. effort required

Medium Burden
Some effort required to label tubes and ship

Medium Burden
Some effort required to label tubes and ship

High Burden
Teachers must attend to individual students

How to collect samples

Lower nasal swab

Lower nasal swab, NP swab, saliva, and more

Lower nasal swab

Lower nasal swab

Frequency (recommendation)

Weekly

Weekly

Weekly

Bi-Weekly

Burden to follow up on testing

Medium Burden
School decides on follow-up actions

Low Burden
positive results must be confirmed

Low Burden
None. Positives are automatically confirmed

High Burden
positive results must be confirmed

Software integration

Same effort regardless of the type of test.

Home Collection

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

Initial specimen collection burden

Low
Students self-collect samples and pool on site

Medium
Must label individual tubes

Medium
Combination of Pooling and PCR

High
Must wait for test result and attend to each individual student

 

Exclusive HHS Contract for K-12 School Testing in the Northeast and South

The U.S. Government awarded Eurofins the Northeast and South territory for the HHS testing program. If your state falls in one of these territories, then Eurofins is the only vendor approved by the federal government to provide surveillance testing.

The Eurofins HHS contract focuses on expanding national COVID-19 testing through the novel approach of surveillance testing in K-12 schools, as well as under-served and vulnerable populations. Eurofins has been awarded the agreement to test up to 24.6 million people in the Northeast and South regions.

 

 

Eurofins U.S. Clinical Diagnostics companies, which operate a network of 20 CLIA-certified labs, have been at the forefront of COVID-19 testing. Eurofins launched its first RT-PCR assay for SARS-CoV-2 in the U.S. on March 13, 2020. The FDA-emergency use authorized assay, developed by Eurofins Viracor, Inc., is ranked one of the most sensitive on the market, according to the FDA’s SARS-CoV-2 Reference Panel.1
Eurofins’ U.S. COVID-19 program is centered on pooled surveillance PCR tests, where any positive pools reflex immediately to individual diagnostic testing. This method helps identify positive individuals in a timely manner without the need to re-test. Eurofins’ high ratio pooling (24:1) combines low cost testing with a highly sensitive test, which is ideal for early detection in community and school settings.

State by State Funding for COVID-19 School Testing

If you choose to participate in the HHS program for surveillance testing in K-12 schools, which provides $650 million to schools, you will never receive a bill. Eurofins Genomics manages the billing process directly with the government.

If you choose to use the ELC grant, then funding is distributed on a state level. Click here to view a state by state breakdown of funds.


1. Contact Us
to Start

Contact us to pick a free testing program.

3. Start
Testing

    Set a testing schedule. We do the rest.

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