Risk Assessment and Testing Protocols for Reducing SARS-CoV-2 Transmission in K-12 Schools

Risk Assessment and Testing Protocols for Reducing SARS-CoV-2 Transmission in K-12 Schools

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Risk Assessment and Testing Protocols for Reducing SARS-CoV-2 Transmission in K-12 Schools

Published date

October 14, 2020

Objective

The purposes of this document are to 1) help school administrators to assess the risk of SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes Covid-191) in their schools, and 2) identify key considerations in developing a screening program to regularly test students and staff for the virus to support schools to open in-person more safely.

“Safer school re-openings have importance far beyond the academic benefits of in-person instruction. These testing and screening protocols have the potential to allow schools to use rapid testing in combination with appropriate mitigation measures in order to re-open safely and stay open, by preventing outbreaks that would otherwise cause closures.”

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Duke-Margolis Authors

silcox

Christina Silcox, PhD

Research Director, Digital Health
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Senior Team Member
Margolis Core Faculty

Michelle Franklin

Michelle Franklin, PhD

Margolis Core Faculty
Anti-Racism and Equity Committee Member

Mark McClellan

Mark McClellan, MD, PhD

Director of Margolis Center
Robert J. Margolis, MD, Professor of Business, Medicine and Policy
Margolis Executive Core Faculty