learn more


Play more


perform more


experience more


We want all public, private, and tribal schools to be free of COVID-19 outbreaks and interruptions to school life.

Why test?

School-based testing for COVID-19 helps us stop outbreaks before they start, limit the spread of COVID-19, and keep our schools open and our extracurriculars on schedule. Learn to Return makes testing easy and accessible for the school community.

Our testing is…



Families opt-in to testing services


Testing is free-of-charge for all participants


All samples are collected with a shallow nasal swab or with saliva samples


Students’ privacy is paramount

^ Back to Top

Types of Testing

There are two main testing methods that we provide:




Diagnostic testing is used to diagnose individuals when they have COVID-19 symptoms or have been exposed to someone who has COVID-19.



Screening is used to test entire groups of people at the same time, like sports teams or performing arts groups.

^ Back to Top

Sample Collection

All tests available through Learn to Return use a shallow nasal swab to collect samples.* This is not the dreaded “brain tickler” or nasopharyngeal swab. The shallow nasal swab enters to gentle resistance, about half-an-inch into each nostril, makes several rotations, and is placed, swab-side down, in the collection tube.

*We also have saliva tests available for individual PCR testing. Participants spit into a test tube to provide a sample that is then transported to a lab and analyzed. Saliva tests may be more accessible for students with special needs, sensory issues, sinus or nasal injuries, or other aversions to an anterior nasal swab.

^ Back to Top

A young girl gets tested for COVID-19 via a painless nasal swab

What to do if your student tests positive for COVID-19?

The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) has released updated K-12 guidance for the 2022-2023 school year. These requirements and recommendations help reduce the spread of COVID-19, limit outbreaks, and minimize interruptions to school life. Read the DOH press release.

Here’s what to do if your student tests positive for COVID-19 or has symptoms of COVID-19 this school year:


Stay home.

Students and staff who show symptoms of COVID-19 are required to stay home, and should get tested for COVID-19 as soon as possible.

Positive Test?

Isolate for 5 Days.

Students or staff who test positive for COVID-19 must stay home and isolate for 5 days. Repeating initial tests does not change this requirement.

See What to do if a person is symptomatic for more information.

See page 2 of the guidance.

Returning from Isolation? 

Wear a mask.

Students and staff who show symptoms of COVID-19 are required to stay home, and should get tested for COVID-19 as soon as possible.

Continue to test positive?

Isolate for 10 days.

If students or staff continue to test positive for COVID-19 after day 5, they must isolate for the full 10 days. See page 6. 

School outbreak?

Inform the school community.

Schools are no longer required to notify high risk students and staff of exposure but must continue to have a process in place to inform students, staff, and families when there are cases or outbreaks in school. See page 3.

^ Back to Top

Get free COVID-19 tests for your home!

You can order 10 test kits per month, free of charge, through the Say Yes to COVID Test program. It only takes a few clicks to order your tests, and they are delivered to your home in 3-5 days.

Why keep tests at home?


Help reduce COVID-19 spread by testing at home and getting results in just minutes.


People who don’t have symptoms can still spread COVID-19, so testing is critical to knowing if you’re infected.


To stop the spread of COVID-19, many of us need to get tested regularly – even if we don’t have symptoms. Along with vaccination, wearing a mask, hand washing, and physical distancing, frequent at-home testing protects families and friends, and it’s a great way to help in the fight against COVID-19.


Know more, live safer, and get back to the people and things you love sooner.

^ Back to Top

News and Resources

What we’re reading

A Simple Rule for Planning Your Fall Booster Shot

The Atlantic – 27 August 2022. Everyone will probably gain something from the updated vaccines. Here’s how to make the most of it.

^ Back to Top