COVID-19 Testing at DCPS

Families: Pick up a Test Kit at Your School

November 17 through November 22.  

Test to Return Graphic that reads, "Take a COVID-19 test to return to school. All students and staff need to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test before returning to school after Thanksgiving. 

Todos los estudiantes y el personal deberán presentar una prueba negativa de COVID-19 antes de volver a la escuela después del feriado de Acción de Gracias.

Test To Return to School – Thanksgiving Break

To support a safe return from Thanksgiving break, all students and staff will be expected to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test on Sunday, November 27.

Realiza la prueba COVID-19 para volver a la escuela: 

1. Las escuelas distribuirán kits de prueba COVID-19 a partir del jueves 17 de noviembre. 

2. Los estudiantes tendrán que tomar una prueba de COVID-19 el domingo 27 de noviembre. 

3. Vaya a para cargar los resultados de la prueba de su estudiante en el día que toman la prueba.

Here are the three steps families need to take:

1. Pick up a test kit!

  • Schools will distribute COVID-19 test kits from Thursday, November 17 through Tuesday, November 22. Please check your student’s backpack for the test kit. 

2. Test your student!

  • All DCPS students are expected to take a COVID-19 test and report results on Sunday, November 27.  

3. Upload your test results!

Please note: DC Public Schools will also have a test to return program in December during Winter break.   

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 11/15/22)

Will all students have to test to return from Thanksgiving break?    

Yes! All DCPS students are expected to produce proof of a negative COVID-19 test administered within 24 hours prior to their return to school on Monday, November 28. All students who return after November 28 will also be required to show proof of a negative test before their return.  

How can I get a test kit for my student?  

Schools will distribute COVID-19 test kits from Thursday, November 17 through Tuesday, November 22 

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:

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?

You can upload the results of each student’s COVID-19 test results here on Sunday, November 27:  

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

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 after break.