The Mississippi State Department of Health, with the Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention (CDC), is supporting voluntary asymptomatic screening testing for COVID-19 in kindergarten through grade 12 (K-12) school settings.
The goal of this program is to slow the spread of COVID-19 in these settings and to maintain in-person education through frequent testing of teachers/staff and students. There are two options to this program.
Option 1: Schools are provided tests, and conduct their school screening testing themselves
Option 2: Schools may choose to utilize the MSDH testing vendor who will conduct the weekly school screening testing for the school
Please see the School-Based COVID-19 Testing Playbook for a full overview and guidance. Follow the steps below to enroll your school district.
Option 1: School-Conducted Testing
K-12 school districts can enroll in the School Based Testing Initiative and conduct on-site testing by following the steps below:
- Register for COVID-19 reporting with SimpleReport: simplereport.gov/sign-up/
- E-mail a completed CLIA Certificate of Waiver application to CLIA-MSDH@msdh.ms.gov
- Review and sign the MSDH School-Based Testing Initiative Agreement.
Once your CLIA certificate number is received (usually one to two days after applying):
- Complete the online COVID-19 School-Based Testing Initiative Application, and follow the directions to upload the signed MSDH School-Based Testing Initiative Agreement from above and enter the CLIA Certificate of Waiver Application number you receive.
After you have completed the application and uploaded the required documents, MSDH will be in contact with your school/school district to arrange for you to receive the initial allocation of test kits (after the initial allocation, MSDH will provide a mechanism for ordering additional test kits).
Option 2: Vendor-Conducted Testing
MSDH has contracted with a testing vendor (Maverick Health) to conduct statewide COVID-19 school screening testing. Maverick Health will be contacting each school district via mass communication and individual web meetings/conference calls to determine school district/school participation.
To enroll in vendor-conducted school-based testing, or for questions about this option, please contact Maverick Health or MSDH at the addresses below: