- K-12 Schools Point-of-Care Testing
- How to Report POC Testing Results
- Requirements for Reporting
- Over-the-Counter Tests
All K-12 schools that administer (meaning they perform or interpret) COVID-19 point-of-care (POC) tests must report results to the Washington State Department of Health (DOH). The purpose of this page is to provide information, guidance, and resources to schools regarding POC test reporting. Review more information about testing in schools.
POC tests, often called “rapid tests,” are diagnostic tests performed near the patient and provide results within minutes. Examples of POC tests:
- Abbott BinaxNOW™ COVID-19 Ag Card
- Access Bio CareStart™ Antigen test
- BD Veritor™ System for Rapid Detection of SARS-CoV-2
If your school is collecting specimens and sending them to a lab, that is NOT a POC test, and the lab should already be reporting the results. You should confirm that the lab is reporting results to DOH and that you do not need to report them separately.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provides guidance on the regulatory requirements for SARS-CoV-2 POC testing, using POC tests safely, and information on reporting POC test results. View CDC's Guidance for SARS-CoV-2 Point-of-Care Testing for more information.
To report POC test results to DOH, schools should use the SimpleReport web-based application. DOH has partnered with CDC and the U.S. Digital Service to offer this application to schools for a simpler, more streamlined method to submit COVID-19 POC test results.
To get started with SimpleReport, please follow the steps below.
For more training, please visit the SimpleReport Training site.
Washington Administrative Code WAC 246-101 requires laboratories to report COVID-19 results to DOH. This reporting requirement applies to all facilities conducting POC or rapid tests for COVID-19. This includes facilities that are not traditionally a lab, such as long-term care facilities, schools, and correctional facilities. As of April 20, 2022, WAC 246-101-017 was revised. POC sites, which are licensed to conduct waived tests under a certificate of waiver, are no longer required to report negative and inconclusive results from POC tests.
Other requirements include:
- Report all positive results within 24 hours of the test.
- If your school is transitioning from manual reporting (like spreadsheet or report form) to SimpleReport, you must complete a three-day parallel reporting requirement. This means you should continue reporting manually through your previous method for three days, while also reporting to SimpleReport, to make sure we receive accurate and timely results during this transition. If you are new to reporting, you only need to submit COVID-19 test results on SimpleReport.
- Once the three day parallel reporting requirement is complete, you do not need to continue to report results to DOH and your local health jurisdiction (LHJ). COVID-19 test results reported through SimpleReport are routed to LHJs.
- More information is available in the K-12 COVID-19 Requirements for Summer 2021 and the 2021-2022 School Year.
Schools that use or provide COVID-19 over-the-counter (OTC) or self-tests should review the Interim SARS-CoV-2 Self-Testing Guidance for K-12 Schools and Child Care Providers (PDF). In summary, if a school performs or interprets an OTC test, they are required to have a Medical Test Site (MTS)/Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) license and should report the results using SimpleReport as described above.
OTC tests that are performed and interpreted by the individual should not be reported through SimpleReport, even if the tests are provided by the school. However, schools are required to report all COVID-19 cases, suspected cases, and suspected outbreaks that may be associated with the school directly to local public health (WAC 246-101 parts -415 and -420). For example, if an individual or the parent/guardian shares a positive OTC test result with the school, then these positive test results are considered suspect cases and must be reported to the Local Health Jurisdiction/County Health Department.
Email us at email@example.com, and we will be in touch with you promptly. If your school is participating in Learn to Return, you may also contact your Health Commons program manager for assistance.