Students or staff who become sick during the school year, either at school or home, should be encouraged to connect with their medical provider to determine if they need testing.
Schools should determine how they are going to screen staff and students for symptoms. Many remote reporting tools have been developed and implemented to assist with this.
Screening and testing can be used to help evaluate and adjust prevention strategies and provide added protection for schools that are not able to provide optimal physical distance between students. Screening and testing should be offered to students who have not been fully vaccinated when community transmission is at increased levels and offered to all teachers and staff who have not been fully vaccinated. Testing in low-prevalence settings might produce false positive results, but testing can provide an important prevention strategy and safety net to support in-person education.
To facilitate safe participation in sports, extracurricular activities and other activities with elevated risk of transmission (such as activities with singing, shouting, band and exercise), schools may consider implementing screening and testing for participants who are not fully vaccinated. Schools can implement screening and testing of participants who are not fully vaccinated up to 24 hours before sporting, competition or extracurricular events. High-risk sports and extracurricular activities should be virtual or canceled in areas of high community transmission unless all participants are fully vaccinated.