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 education settings through the Project COVID DeteCT testing program. The Project COVID DeteCT program is funded through federal ELC resources.

Parents and guardians must complete the Project COVID DeteCT Parent Consent Form for their child to participate in the voluntary program. Once signed, the consent form will cover testing throughout the year.

School and Student Eligibility

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. 

Pre-K's located within a participating K-12 school are now eligible for Project COVID DeteCT

Keeping Students Safe, Schools Open, & Stopping the Spread!
  • Screening will be FREE for 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”
  • Screening testing is free and parents’ insurance will not be accessed
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Top questions about Project COVID DeteCT

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Is testing free?
Testing is completely free for unvaccinated students. No insurance information will be collected from students' families.
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How often are students tested?
Each participating unvaccinated child will be tested every week of school.
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How long will it take to receive test results?
Results should be available within 24-48 hours from when the sample was collected.
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