Learn to Return

Parents & Students

What families need to know about their school’s testing program.

Quick Info

Latest News & Updates

Check out the L2R newsletter for the latest news and updates about testing, vaccines, and DOH guidance.

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.

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.

Click here to learn more about about the L2R testing programs.

With regards to patient privacy, it’s no different then 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.

Learn more about testing programs and privacy.

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 enters to gentle resistance, about 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.

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.

Click here to learn more about L2R testing programs.

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 transmission 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.

Boogers Down!

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

Dynamic Duo

Find out why vaccines & testing are two key components of a successful return to in-person learning this fall. Learn more about vaccines & testing.

Pooled testing 101

What is pooled testing and how does it work?

Tell us your story

Voices from various members of the school community are essential to improving the design and implementation of L2R programs. Contact us! 

What you need to know about Learn to Return

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

Voluntary

Students opt-in (with parental consent) to participation in school-based testing.

Free

There are no out-of-pocket costs or co-pay for families or schools.

Painless

All samples are collected with a painless shallow nasal swab. 

Private

All health information is kept private and is protected by federal HIPAA rules.

School-based testing is a proven strategy for identifying infections and curbing the spread of the virus in schools. 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.

 

Resources

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

School-Based Vax Events

Washington schools can take the lead in supporting vaccine uptake in communities by hosting vaccination events during the 2021 school year!

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