COVID-19 Testing for K-12 Students and Staff
This page has information about Rhode Island’s testing program that is only for K-12 students and staff at public and private elementary, middle, and high schools. Pre K students and staff must be part of a Pre K program that is associated with an elementary school to be eligible for this testing program.
To schedule a test, call the K-12 COVID-19 test scheduling service at 844-857-1814, seven days a week from 7:30 a.m. - 9:30 p.m. This service line is only for K-12 staff and students who have symptoms or who have been identified as a close contact of a positive case. Services are available in multiple languages.
Nurses and school administrators can log probable case information at portal.ri.gov/schools.
For information about reopening Rhode Island’s schools, district learning plans, and K-12 outbreak response protocols, visit back2schoolri.com. General information about testing for children (non-K-12 testing) is available here.
Who needs to schedule a test?
Students or staff members who have COVID-19 symptoms should schedule a test.
Students or staff members who are told they were a close contact of someone else who tested positive for COVID-19 should also get tested, even if they do not have symptoms. A close contact is someone who was closer than six feet for more than 15 minutes.
To schedule an appointment, parents, guardians, staff members, and students older than 16 can call the K-12 COVID-19 test scheduling service at 844-857-1814 seven days a week from 7:30 a.m. - 9:30 p.m.
After you schedule a test, you will get a confirmation email with the date, time, and place of your/your child’s appointment.
What happens if a student or staff member tests positive?
Anyone who tests positive for COVID-19 will be contacted by by the Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH). They need to isolate for at least 10 days after the first date they developed symptoms. You can return to school or work after 10 days if you have been fever-free for 24 hours without taking a fever-reducing medicine and if your symptoms have improved.
If you tested positive but do not have any COVID-19 symptoms, you must isolate for 10 days after the date you had a PCR test.
Your name and phone number will be shared with public health staff at the RIDOH to help with case investigation. RIDOH will provide you with further guidance and ask you about your close contacts. After speaking with you, RIDOH staff will also talk with your school and school district.
Anyone who has been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 should quarantine for 14 days after the last time they had close contact with that person.
If your COVID-19 symptoms get worse, call your primary care provider or your child’s pediatrician.
What happens if a student or staff member tests negative?
If the person tested is the close contact of a positive case, they need to complete their quarantine period, regardless of a negative result.
If the person tested was not a close contact and the test result is negative, they can go back to work or school after symptoms have improved and they have been fever-free for 24 hours without using a fever-reducing medication. Do not go to work or school if you feel sick.
Where can K-12 students and staff get a COVID-19 test?
There are places all around the state where students and staff can get a free COVID-19 test, scheduled through the K-12 COVID-19 test scheduling service. Testing sites that are only for K-12 students and staff are listed here.