Safer, Smarter Schools
The Louisiana Department of Health aims to support Louisiana schools by providing COVID-19 testing options at no cost to any school in the state with the shared goal of keeping schools open and preventing outbreaks of COVID-19.
At the height of the pandemic LDH developed a plan to address outbreaks in schools while providing incentives to school-based health centers to support testing to encourage routine participation in the program . Routine testing was available to all students, teachers and staff. Nearly 500 schools in Louisiana were served between Fall 2021 and Spring 2023. During this time,LDH provided incentives to 40,000 participating staff and students.
LDH and the K-12 Testing Team no longer offer school stipends or participant incentives, but COVID-19 testing materials are still available at no costs to all K-12 schools in Louisiana.
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We're here to help you decide! Questions can be sent to COVIDtesting@la.gov
If you tested 10 times in the fall or spring semester and did not receive an Incentive card, please call 855.274.9934, dial zero and ask for a Rewards Card replacement. Be sure to tell the rep you participated in the LDH Safer, Smarter Schools program and need your Rewards Card replaced. The card is in the name of the parent or guardian if it is for a minor.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Can my staff conduct the testing ourselves?
Testing materials can be provided by LDH with available online training.
Can our school have an LDH-approved lab administer the tests on site like in the past two years?
LDH has not contracted with labs this year, and that option is no longer available. Schools are encouraged to order testing supplies and inquire after available trainings. Under some limited circumstances, short-term testing teams may be available.
What kinds of tests can our school order?
The type and variety of tests will likely change throughout the year. However, testing materials will likely be OTC test kits like the kind you might see in a pharmacy or a similar test kit that allows for larger-scale testing.
Which schools are eligible?
The program is free to public, private and charter schools, individually or within a school system
What should I do if I want my child to be tested in settings outside of the school?
The Office of Public Health offers COVID-19 testing in parish health units in every parish. You can contact the COVID-19 testing team by sending an e-mail to COVIDtesting@la.gov for more information on these locations and contact information, or follow the link to their website: Parish Health Units
What guidance is LDH giving school leaders?