Counties now have until October 10 to apply for state aid to help with preventative COVID-19 testing in K-12 schools.
Today, the State Department of Health (MDH) notified local school and health leaders that the state was extending the application deadline to collaborate with the state on COVID-19 testing in K-12 schools.
The Screening Testing Program was launched in July by MDH and the State Department of Education (MSDE). To date, 18 school systems have taken advantage of the MDH/MSDE initiative for the 2021-2022 school year.
According to an MDH memo:
In July 2021, the Maryland Department of Health (MDH), in partnership with the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE), launched an opportunity for public and non-public K-12 schools to participate in an MDH-supported Screening Testing Program. This opportunity is
funded through a U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Enhancing Laboratory Capabilities (ELC) grant, totaling $182 million. The application period has been extended again to October 10, 2021, to enable school systems and non-public schools that have not yet applied to take advantage of the opportunity to provide screening testing services during the 2021-2022 school year.
…Interested schools should email firstname.lastname@example.org to request POC tests or vendors to be able to order PCR tests directly. Currently there are over 320,000 POC tests in MDH’s inventory available for schools to access.