Learn to Return

School Administrators & Staff

Implementing testing strategies can be a heavy lift for school administrators and staff.

Let Learn to Return lighten the load.

Learn to Return

School Administrators & Staff

Implementing testing strategies can be a heavy lift for school administrators and staff.

Let Learn to Return lighten the load.

“To boost the vaccination rates in your school community, I ask you to first, if you have not already, stand up a vaccination clinic at your school sites.”

– United States Secretary of Education, Miguel A. Cardona, Ed.D.

School-based vaccinations

L2R districts are already planning school-based vaccination events for this fall!

Find out more!

L2R In the news

“Expanding COVID testing in schools with the Learn to Return program will help schools expand in-person learning in the fall. The pandemic is not over, but this is another tool, along with more vaccinations, that will help to keep students and educators healthy and keep schools open.”

– Governor Jay Inslee, May 2021

Read the full press release here

This virus is increasingly impacting young people, and those under the age of 12 still can’t get the vaccine. We won’t gamble with the health of our children, our educators and school staff, nor the health of the communities they serve.

Governor Jay Inslee

on vaccine requirements for K-12 schools employees, August 18, 2021

Fast facts

Testing is free; there is no out-of-pocket cost or co-pay for schools or families. The Washington State Department of Health covers costs for school-based diagnostic and screening tests and funding continues through July 2022.

Governor Inslee announces expansion of Learn to Return funding to support screening tests for Washington schools.

Testing is free, but school administrators and staff dedicate their time and energy to facilitate these programs. Learn to Return helps districts determine the right testing technology, staffing model, and support services to maximize efficiency and optimize personnel time. Your Health Commons L2R Program Manager is available to help you streamline your strategy in preparation for the 2021-2022 school year.

Q. What about credentials for support staff? Do personnel involved in the testing program need to be healthcare professionals?

A. In most cases, samples can be self-collected by the individual being tested under the supervision of a test observer (see Menu of Tests page for more details for each vendor). Test observers do not need to be healthcare professionals and do not require formal certification. Testing vendors provide training materials for staff or other volunteers who will serve in this capacity. Trained testing observers oversee the sample collection process and, in the case of rapid antigen tests, resulting. 

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L2R tests are quick & painless.

All tests available through Learn to Return use a shallow nasal swab to collect samples from participating students and staff.

This is not the dreaded “brain tickler” or nasopharyngeal swab. The shallow nasal swab only enters half-an-inch into each nostril, makes several rotations, and is placed, swab-side down, in the collection tube.

Click here for more info on L2R testing strategies.

CLIA (Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendment) waivers are required when a diagnosis is performed and interpreted onsite.

When collecting samples to send to a central lab for processing — as with the Curative and Everlywell tests — the school or testing site does not need a CLIA waiver.

Schools providing rapid antigen tests do need a CLIA waiver since results are interpreted and provided onsite within 15-20 minutes of sample collection.

 Procuring a CLIA waiver for the onsite rapid antigen test is quick and easy!

Vaccines are safe, effective, and essential, but it will take time to reach vaccination rates that will effectively limit transmission in schools so that other safety strategies, like testing, are no longer necessary.

Through a combination of safety measures, including testing and increased vaccinations, Washington schools can minimize transmissions of the disease and help Washington communities get back to school and back to life.

Learn why vaccines & testing are the dynamic duo that will help schools open and stay open this fall with confidence.  

Host a school-based vaccination event!

Learn how school districts can help drive vaccine uptake in Washington communities.

Boogers Down!

Watch this 2nd grader demonstrate a shallow nasal swab for pooled testing using his own words.

Pooled testing 101

Learn more about this fully funded and streamlined approach for school-based COVID-19 screening.

How to enroll in L2R?

Get started with these 3 easy steps!


Menu of Tests

A quick guide to available L2R testing options

Testing FAQs

Answering key questions about L2R testing strategies for parents, guardians and families

Vaccine FAQs

Learn more about the vaccines & why you should get vaccinated

Vaccine & Testing FAQs

Learn why vaccines & testing are the dynamic duo that will help schools open and stay open this fall with confidence

By the numbers

A summary of top testing vendor data between March 1 and September 1, 2021.

School districts engaged with L2R

School-based testing kick-off meetings held

Testing programs launched

Tests completed with a 5.83% positivity rate