The Learning Network

A platform for your school’s COVID-19 testing teams.

Previous Events & Resources

What is the Learning Network?

Past Event

 Looking Ahead with Learn to Return

May 31, 2022 @ 1pm

The last L2R Learning Network event of the 2022 school year covered questions like: 

      • What will testing programs look like next year?
      • What changes to testing supplies are anticipated?
      • How will the labor fund work for us next year?
      • What types of services will external labor partners provide?

The event also featured a curated Q&A with representatives from DOH, OSPI, and HCP to explore these questions and prepare school leaders for relaunching testing in the fall.

You can watch a recording of the event below.

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Previous Events

 Looking Ahead with Learn to Return

May 31, 2022 @ 1pm

The last L2R Learning Network event of the 2022 school year covered questions like: 

      • What will testing programs look like next year?
      • What changes to testing supplies are anticipated?
      • How will the labor fund work for us next year?
      • What types of services will external labor partners provide?

The event also featured a curated Q&A with representatives from DOH, OSPI, and HCP to explore these questions and prepare school leaders for relaunching testing in the fall.

You can watch a recording of the event below.

Turn your testing strategy into a grab-and-go toolkit!

This event was held on April 25, 2022.

L2R has produced an online workbook that helps testing teams create a pre-packaged testing toolkit based on the programs they built over the past two years.

During the Learning Network event, Sarah Sutton (Health Commons Project), provided a tutorial on how to use the online workbook.

You can watch a recording of the event below.

What’s Next for WA Schools and    COVID-19?

This event was held on March 1, 2022. It featured a moderated Q&A with leaders from top state agencies to examine priority issues for schools and their COVID-19 testing programs.

Guest Speakers included:

Lacy Fehrenbach, Deputy Secretary for Prevention, Safety, and Health, Washington State Department of Health

Michaela Miller, Deputy Superintendent, Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

You can watch a recording of the event below.

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Stop the Spread: How to Maximize Your School’s COVID-19 Contact Tracing Efforts

This event was held on November 17, 2021.

Contact tracing and quarantine break the chains of COVID-19 transmission, preventing outbreaks and keeping schools open. With the increased prevalence of the highly transmissible delta variant, Washington schools are experiencing an unprecedented demand for case investigation and contact tracing (CICT).

The additional staff time this requires can be overwhelming and we want to help provide the tools and resources you need to manage your school’s CICT program.

During this event, participants discussed the CICT implementation toolkit and  additional resources available to K-12 schools.

You can learn more about this event and access resources here!

 

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Diagnostic to Outbreak: How to Rapidly Scale Your Diagnostic Testing Program to Respond to School Outbreaks

This event occurred on September 30, 2021.

During this event, participants discussed ways to navigate COVID-19 testing implementation challenges, uncertainties, and outbreaks – as well as how to share best practices between schools and districts.

Learn more  and access event resources related to this event here.

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What is the…

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Learn to Return (L2R) has worked with K-12 schools across Washington State to build and manage testing programs. These schools have adapted, learned, and responded to the unique challenges presented by this health crisis – and have gained a wealth of practical experience in the process. 

The Learning Network is  a platform for your school’s COVID-19 testing teams. It promotes learning, fosters the spread of best practices and emerging innovative approaches  and gives schools across the state an opportunity to accelerate access to COVID-19 testing and vaccinations.

The Learning Network is a free and open resource for all Washington State schools – both those enrolled in L2R and those not enrolled. All are welcome to participate, learn, and share!

Our objectives

The L2R Network…

Serves as a COVID-19 community of practice to facilitate networking and collaboration across WA State K-12 schools.

Gathers feedback from schools on best practices and lesson learned from their school-based testing programs.

Establishes a feedback loop between COVID-19 testing vendors and K-12 schools to ensure new technologies are meeting school needs.

Identifies and evaluates promising school-based COVID-19 testing innovations.

Collaborates with L2R to support the diffusion of proven innovations to other districts.

Strengthens the organizational resiliency to prepare WA’s schools for future health crises

THE LEARNING NETWORK IS A COLLABORATION BETWEEN