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 our school-based health clinics and community resources to provide testing for the following groups:
- Students, teachers, and staff with symptoms identified through the health screening protocols
- Students, teachers, and staff who have had contact with someone with COVID-19 in the school or workplace
- All students, faculty, and staff with possible exposure in the context of outbreak settings
- PLUS surveillance testing for individuals who are asymptomatic.
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.
While participation in surveillance testing is not required for students, it will be strongly encouraged. The success of this mitigation strategy, and the District’s ability to return and keep students in school, is based on high levels of staff and student participation. APS is exploring all options as it relates to the administration of surveillance testing for staff and will be providing staff training, information sessions, and other staff engagement opportunities as part of this process. Learn more by reviewing our frequently asked questions.
Upcoming Surveillance Testing Dates:
- February 2nd
- February 9th
- February 19th
- February 23rd
Below you will find a copy of the Student Consent Form AND Notice of Private Policy for COVID Testing for the Surveillance Testing in both English & Spanish.
***In light of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, we recommend checking the World Health Organization's website for the most accurate and up-to-date information.***
For more extended information on our COVID testing strategies, visit the Atlanta Public Schools website on COVID testing .