Comprehensive COVID-19 Testing Strategy
In an effort to mitigate COVID-19 in our schools and community, Atlanta Public Schools (APS) has adopted a Comprehensive COVID-19 Testing Strategy in collaboration with public health officials, community partners, universities, and healthcare organizations.
This strategy works with all of our schools and our school-based APS Care Centers:
- APS staff are required to participate in mandatory weekly COVID-19 surveillance testing.
- APS students are encouraged to participate in optional weekly COVID-19 surveillance testing. Parents must consent to have students tested.
- Testing is also available throughout the week at our APS Care Centers. Please contact those locations for specific testing schedules and availability.
For specific questions about how and when your school is administering student tests, please contact your school to learn more.
COVID-19 Surveillance Testing
Atlanta Public Schools (APS) is continuing its effort to keep everyone in our schools and buildings safe by making COVID-19 Surveillance Testing available to all students and staff. COVID-19 Surveillance Testing is a non-diagnostic test that detects the presence of COVID-19 even in individuals who may be asymptomatic. The benefits of surveillance testing include allowing APS to test, receive test results (within 24 hours) and notify individuals of a clinically significant reading before coming to school or work.
To view the APS Surveillance Testing schedule, please click this link: APS COVID-19 Surveillance Testing Schedule
Learn more about the Surveillance Testing process in this video.
Though participation in surveillance testing is not required for students, it will be strongly encouraged. All APS staff participate in mandatory, weekly testing. The success of this mitigation strategy, and the District’s ability to keep students in school, is based on high levels of staff and student participation.
Complete your COVID Testing Consent Form: STUDENTS | STAFF
To withdraw your COVID Testing consent please email firstname.lastname@example.org
School-Based APS Care Centers
APS Care Centers can also provide COVID-19 testing for students and staff if testing is needed beyond the surveillance testing window.
- Dobbs Elementary - 2025 Jonesboro Rd SE, 404-228-6770
Testing open to APS Students/Staff/Community
M - F | 8am - 5pm | No appointment required
- Hollis Innovation Academy - 225 Griffin St. NW, 404-481-3794
Testing open to all APS Students/Siblings/Staff/Parents
T, Th, F | 8am - 3pm | No Appointment required
- King Middle - 545 Hill St. SE, 404-373-6614
Testing open to APS Students/Staff
T, Th | 8am - 5pm | Appointment required
- Miles Elementary - 4215 Bakers Ferry Rd. SW, 678-791-1165
Testing open to APS Staff/Siblings/Staff/Parents
Monday | 8am - 3pm | No Appointment required
- Toomer Elementary - 65 Rogers St. NE, 404-373-6614
Testing open to APS Students/Staff
T, Th | 8am - 12pm | Appointment required
*Please note that these school-based health clinics are operated by community healthcare organizations or private medical providers. These centers are open and are ready to receive students and staff. You are not required to call ahead. These sites are open at the times listed except for King Middle and Toomer Elementary which require an appointment.
Testing is also available at Douglass High School:
APS COVID-19 Drive-Up & Walk-Up Testing @ Douglass HS
In Partnership with Viral Solutions, LLC., and Pediatric Researchers from Emory University.
Open to ALL Students, Staff and Families five days per week.
Hours 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Free home testing kits are available from the federal government at www.covidtests.gov