COVID-19 Testing at DCPS

Families: Pick up a Test Kit at Your School

Friday, August 26 – 9:00 am to 2:00 pm  

Test To Return to School

To support a safe return for the upcoming school year, all students and staff will need to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test for the first day of school.

Here are the three steps families need to take:

1. Pick up a test kit!

  • Schools will distribute COVID-19 test kits on Tuesday, August 23, and Friday, August 26 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., as well as on Wednesday, August 24, and Thursday, August 25 from 12:00 to 5:30 p.m.
  • Families must pick up their test kits from the school their child attends. Families with students who attend multiple schools may pick up test kits for all their enrolled students at one school.

2. Test your student!

  • Students in grades K-12 will need to take a COVID test and report results on Sunday, August 28.
  • Pre-K students will need to take a test and report results on Wednesday, August 31.

Each COVID-19 Rapid Antigen Test kit includes two COVID-19 tests. Families are encouraged to administer the second test 36 hours later, per the test kit instructions, but only one negative test is required to return to school.

3. Upload your test results!

  • Uploading your student’s results to the website will help schools more quickly welcome students on the first day of classes.

Provide proof of your test results by following the button link for students at the top of this page (coming soon).

If your student tests positive, follow all isolation guidance from DC Health and your child’s healthcare provider. Individuals who test positive on a COVID-19 test cannot report for in-person activities and should remain at home during their isolation period. This includes students who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

FAQ: COVID-19 Testing For SY22-23 (updated 8/11/22)

Will all students have to test to start the new school year?   

Yes! All DCPS students must produce proof of a negative COVID-19 test administered within 24 hours prior to their return to school. K-12 students who return after August 29 will also be required to show proof of a negative test before their return, as will Pre-K students returning after September 1. 

How can I get a test kit for my student?  

Schools will distribute COVID-19 test kits beginning Monday, August 22 through Friday, on the following schedule:  

  • Tuesday, August 23, and Friday, August 26 from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm  
  • Wednesday, August 24, and Thursday, August 25 from 12:00 to 5:30 pm.  

Families must pick up their test kits from the school their child attends. Families with students who attend multiple schools may pick up test kits for all their enrolled students from one school. Families can also pick up a test kit from any District COVID Center, located in all 8 wards. You can find the COVID Center locations and schedules here: https://coronavirus.dc.gov/covidcenters.  

Can I pick up a test kit from any DCPS school?  

Families must pick up their test kits from the school their child attends. Families with students who attend multiple schools may pick up test kits for all their enrolled students from one school. 

What if I’m not able to pick up a test kit from my school? 

 If you cannot go to your child’s school to pick up a test kit, please visit a District COVID Center or a Rapid Test Pickup site to receive one.  

Where do I report my results?

Please upload the results of each student’s COVID-19 test online at https://dcpsstrong.com/testing/.  

The test must be taken the day prior to the first day of school, and the staff at your child’s school will have access to this information when you arrive at school.   

  • Students in grades K-12 will need to take a COVID-19 test and report results the same day on Sunday, August 28. 
  • Pre-K students will need to take a test and report results on Wednesday, August 31. 
     

What if I cannot access the website?  

If you do not have access to a computer or tablet, please bring a photograph or copy of the negative test results to school on your student’s first day.