Interim considerations for testing for K-12 school administrators and public health officials
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Interim considerations for testing for K-12 school administrators and public health officials

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    These interim considerations are based on what is currently known about COVID-19 as of the date of posting, October 11, 2020. These considerations are for testing in school settings and are intended for K-12 school administrators working in collaboration with their state, tribal, local, and territorial (STLT) public health officials. While these considerations were developed with public schools, including charter schools, in mind, private schools may also find these considerations useful.

    These considerations are meant to supplement—not replace—any federal, state, tribal, territorial, or local health and safety or privacy laws, rules, regulations, and policies with which schools must comply. The decision to implement testing in schools should be guided by what is feasible, practical, and acceptable. If antigen testing is used, it should be tailored to each community’s needs.

    This considerations document does not dictate the determination of payment decisions or insurance coverage of such testing, except as may be otherwise referenced (or prescribed) by another entity or federal or state agency. U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has no regulatory authority over testing; therefore, this document is intended to assist STLT public health officials and K-12 school officials in making decisions rather than establishing any regulatory requirements.

    CDC will update these considerations as needed and as additional information becomes available. Please check CDC website periodically for updated interim guidance.

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