Connecticut COVID-19 Response

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Project COVID DeteCT

Students attending all public K-6 schools, and Grades 7-12 and private schools in select large cities will have access to FREE weekly COVID-19 screening testing during the 2021-22 school year through Project COVID DeteCT. 

  • Screening will be FREE to unvaccinated students attending eligible schools in CT
  • Screening can help keep schools open by preventing the spread of COVID-19
  • Screening helps us stop the spread of COVID-19, protecting kids and high-risk family members from getting seriously sick from the virus
  • Tests used in schools are painless lower nasal swabs, not “brain ticklers”

Benefits of screening testing:

  • Keeps schools safe by catching cases before they spread to other students and staff
  • Keeps our schools open by preventing further time away from in-person learning and friends by knowing whether it’s COVID-19 or something else
  • Stops the spread by preventing infection of other members of your household or community
  • Screening testing is free and parents’ insurance will not be accessed
  • The test is a lower nasal swab, not a “brain-tickler”

 

About Project COVID DeteCT

The Connecticut Department of Public Health (DPH), along with the Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE), is offering FREE weekly COVID-19 screening testing in K-6 schools and select grade 7-12 educational settings through the Project COVID DeteCT testing program.

Please note that individual schools must choose to participate in Project COVID DeteCT in order for students at that school to be part of the program. Parents and guardians must complete the Parent Consent Form for their child to participate in the program. 

Students eligible for the free weekly screening program include:

  • Participating Public Schools
    • All students attending a CT public school in grades K-6
    • Unvaccinated students attending public grades 7-12 in the following school districts – Bridgeport, Danbury, Hartford, New Britain, New Haven, Norwalk, Stamford, or Waterbury
  • Participating Private Schools
    • Unvaccinated students attending private schools in grades K-6 physically located in the following school districts – Bridgeport, Danbury, Hartford, New Britain, New Haven, Norwalk, Stamford, or Waterbury
  • Participating State-Approved Private Special Education Program (APSEP)
    • Students ages 5-12
    • Unvaccinated students ages 13-18 attending a state-approved private special education program physically located in the following school districts – Bridgeport, Danbury, Hartford, New Britain, New Haven, Norwalk, Stamford, or Waterbury 

What to know about the Project COVID DeteCT program:

  • Is testing free? – Testing is completely free for unvaccinated students. No insurance information will be collected from students’ families.
  • How often are students tested? – Each participating child will be tested every week of school.
  • Who will be tested? – Testing will only be completed on unvaccinated students whose parents/guardians have signed and submitted the Parent Consent Form. Once signed, the consent form will cover testing throughout the year.

 

Parent Consent Form

For students to participate in the Project COVID DeteCT testing program, parents and guardians must fill out the Parent Consent Form and return a signed copy to the school. The signed consent form will cover the duration of the weekly testing program.

 

If you have questions, contact the Project COVID DeteCT team at SchoolCovidTesting@ct.gov.