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School-based testing through Learn to Return is voluntary, free, painless, and private. 

Schedule you vaccine or booster

Contact your doctor’s office or local pharmacy to make an appointment or use the Washington State Department of Health vaccine locator to schedule your vaccines and boosters.

Do I really need a booster?

Yes. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), booster shots are 90% effective against hospitalization due to omicron infection and also reduce the likelihood of an emergency room or urgent care visit. A separate CDC study indicates that unvaccinated people are 23 times more likely to be hospitalized with COVID-19 than those who have been fully vaccinated and received a booster shot.

Read our latest newsletter

The L2R Newsletter has the latest updates on COVID-19, testing, and vaccines curated for L2R school districts.

COVID-19 vaccine now authorized for children ages 6 months and up.

”Vaccinating Youth” webpage from the Washington State Department of Health

    • Page is available in 40 languages using the drop-down at the top

General information about COVID-19 vaccine for everyone is at www.CovidVaccineWA.org.

Vaccines and Boosters work

Vaccines and boosters protect against severe disease caused by COVID-19 including the omicron variant.

Common questions

Is testing free?

Yes, 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.

Have insurance? Great. Your provider will be billed directly with no cost to you.

No insurance? No problem. Just provide a valid government-issued ID and you’re good to go.

If you do not provide insurance or a government I.D., you can still get tested at no charge! The Washington Department of Health will cover the cost.

How is my child’s privacy protected?

With regards to patient privacy, it’s no different than getting tested at your doctor’s office. 

All health information for the participant is kept private and is protected under federal HIPAA regulations (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act).

The school district point of contact (likely the superintendent) will be alerted if there is a positive test result and will initiate contact tracing and outbreak mitigation procedures.

How are samples collected?

Sample collection is 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 enters to gentle resistance, about half-an-inch into each nostril, makes several rotations, and is placed, swab-side down, in the collection tube.

Why is testing important?

Testing serves as an early warning system to stop outbreaks from spreading in schools.

Testing programs are critical for identifying cases of COVID-19 in our schools, preventing the spread of the disease, and keeping students, teachers, and other staff in school.

We believe that safe, full-time, in-person learning is a top priority for our communities – it’s better for students, it’s better for teachers, and it helps parents and caregivers get back to work.

What about vaccines?

Vaccines and boosters provide protection against severe disease caused by COVID-19, but breakthrough infections can occur, especially with highly contagious variants like omicron. The pediatric vaccine and booster were approved in late 2021 and early 2022 respectively.

It is unlikely that a large portion of school-aged children will be fully vaccinated and boosted before the end of the 2021-2022 school year and into the following year. The unprecedented rates of infections caused by omicron has made it very clear that testing and other mitigating safety strategies are essential to maintaining a safe school environment and preventing outbreaks.

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

Get free at-home COVID-19 tests

Every home in the U.S. is eligible to order free at-⁠home COVID-⁠19 tests. Orders will usually ship in 7-12 days. Order your tests now so you have them when you need them.