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.
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!
Yes! A bipartisan bill, bridging two presidencies, provides free, federal funding for the explicit purpose of school testing (learn more). Health and Human Services (HHS), in conjunction with the Department of Defense, distribute this funding and manage the program.
In fact, the U.S. Government awarded Eurofins the Northeast and South territory for the HHS testing program! This means that Eurofins is the only approved vendor to conduct surveillance testing in K-12 schools through the HHS program.
||Schools never see a bill. Eurofins manages everything directly with the federal government.
||Schools utilize the state funding provided by HHS. Eurofins Genomics bills the school and the school pays for it through the HHS state funding. A table containing the funds for each state is captured below.
||Technically both surveillance and diagnostic testing can serve as a screening method. Please contact us and we can help navigate the nuances to school testing.
Either approach is fully funded although surveillance testing is slightly more convenient for schools, since it requires no payment. 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.
- Surveillance testing through pools (PCR)
- Hybrid testing (Surveillance + Individual follow-up testing)
- Screening (PCR)
- Diagnostic (PCR)
- At Home Collection Kits (PCR)
CLICK HERE for more details on testing options for your school.